Essay on Antigone Rainy River

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Personal Law Vs. Written Law

Morals are defined to be the principle of what is right from what is wrong. What defines whether something is right or wrong is based purely on ones judgment and perspective. Staying true to personal beliefs and morals can sometimes be problematic to retain when conflicting with the written law. In Antigone by Sophocles, Antigone disregards the decree of her uncle Creon, King of Thebes, which forbids anybody to bury Antigone’s brother Polynices who was killed in battle. Although Polynices is considered a traitor to the land of Thebes, Antigone feels that to respect the wishes of the gods she must burry him. She faithfully acts upon her morals, even though they oppose the law. However, in the story “On the
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She manifests signs of civil disobedience by saying to “shout it from the rooftops”. She wants all of Thebes to know of the struggles she went through to burry her brother, and wants to get caught and make an example out of her situation. She is fighting against Creon’s ruling and his beliefs against women. By burying Polynices, not only is Antigone staying true to her morals, she is also proving that women can hold power. After the burial has been effectuated, Creon finds out Antigone is the one who indeed did it and asks her how she feels about her crime. She responds by saying, “Not ashamed for a moment, not to honor my brother, my own flesh and blood” (84). Antigone is brave and does not conceal what she has done. She owns up to her actions and takes responsibility with poise. Due to her unlawful acts, Creon declares, “Death will do it for me- break their marriage off.” (Sophocles 90) Not only is Creon proclaiming that he wants Antigone’s marriage proposal to his son, Haemon, to be severed, but he also wants her terminated. He does this to make an example of her, as she is family, so that his citizens fear him. But as Haemon sees Antigone dead, he decided to take his own life. The queen then finds out her beloved son is no longer living, and stabs herself at the alter. This trickling affect left Creon with no family left, “slaughter heaped on slaughter?” (Sophocles 125). Antigone’s brave stance on the situation, ultimately leads to her death and the death of many

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