Morality In Sophocles Antigone

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Sixty-eight percent of the US population fear death (Statistic Brain). However, in order to stand up for themselves and what they believe in, individuals must not fear death. In addition, they must be willing to risk everything they know and love. As long as society and its inhabitants disagree with others’ beliefs and opinions, there will always be individuals who will stand up for what they believe in. These individuals will be the ones to make the greatest impact on society, whether society agrees or disagrees with the individual. People with an inner voice and obligation to stand up for what they believe is morally right must find the courage to do so.

Strength in morality is key in understanding the difference between right and wrong.
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Creon, King of Thebes, forbid anyone from burying Polynices (Antigone and Ismene’s brother) after he attacked Thebes. According to Creon, it was the right thing to do to a traitor of the state. However, Antigone believed that it was inhumane and morally incorrect to leave a body unburied, especially if it denied a safe passage to the underworld for her brother. In Antigone by Sophocles, Ismene argues that Antigone should not bury Polynices, but Antigone simply states: “He is my brother. And he is your brother too,” meaning that if you love someone, you should be willing to die for them, which is Antigone’s idea of what is morally right. Joan of Arc, similarly to Antigone, was willing to stand up for what she believed in. “Although the French position was dire, Joan had difficulty gaining …show more content…
With defiance comes acquisitions, and with acquisitions come punishment, so those who question the way of things must not fear the inevitable disciplinary actions that will be taken against them if they so choose to stand up for their cause against society or the state. In Sophocles 's play Antigone, the king of Thebes, Creon (a symbol of the state), gives punishment to Antigone for burying Polyneices, which she believed was the moral thing to do. “That is what they say, and our good Creon is coming here to announce it publicly; and the penalty -stoning to death in the public square,” said Antigone in Sophocles’ play Antigone in lines 23-25. And in line 31, Antigone says: “Ismene, I am going to bury him. Will you come?” This shows that Antigone is aware, but not afraid of the ineluctable punishment. People must learn to abolish their trepidation of death in order to change what they believe is morally wrong. "What I have always said in the trial, and held, I wish still to say and maintain. If I were condemned, if I saw the fire lighted, the bundles of wood prepared, and the executioner ready to kindle the fire, and if I myself were in the fire, I would not say otherwise, and would maintain to the death all I have said." (Joan of Arc: May 23, 1455). In other words, Joan of Arc is stating that even when she is close to being killed for her fight against England, she would never say she had done anything

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