Example Of Justice In Antigone

What everyone defines as justice is very different. What one person may see as justice another may not see it as justice. We as people make these choices everyday without knowing that we had made them. A prime example of what one person sees as justice and others do not is from Antigone. After Antigone’s brothers fought and Kreon kills Polyneices, Kreon says that his brother Polyneices is not to be buried, since Polyneices wanted the crown for himself. Kreon chose to do this to his brother to show to his people that it didn’t matter to him that it was his own brother, but he saw him only as a man who attacked the crown. Antigone broke the law and went out to the field to bury her fallen brother. Is this Justice or is this just Antigone breaking …show more content…
Antigone choose to do what she thought was correct even when the king her brother, her sister and everyone else in the kingdom thought it was the wrong thing to do. Antigone saw this law to be unjust to her brother, since they believed that in order to go to the afterlife you had to be given a proper burly. Granted this was the message that the new given king wanted to send to his people was that this was unlawful and he will be punished in a way worse than death. Antigone even asked her sister Ismene to help her and she got no help from her. Ismene answer Antigone when she asked her to help her with “You mean to bury him? In spite of the edict” (line 51). Even Antigone's own sister who is also the sister of Polyneices will not help he bury their fallen brother. This shows that everyone else in the kingdom but Antigone see’s Polyneices body staying unburied as the right thing or they are too afraid to take action. But not Antigone, she knows deep in her heart that this was the right thing to do no matter what others say or do. So, she does go out to bury her brother no matter the punishment that she will face for breaking the law that she sees as …show more content…
Since Polyneices wanted the crown for himself and he wanted to take it from Kreon, he left Thebes, went and made an army of his own elsewhere so that he may take the crown by force. Since he was killed in the battle and his army left, Kreon made sure no person would show his brother respect. He told them to leave the body unburied so that the birds may make a meal of the body. We don't know Kreon did anything else to disown his brother’s memory, but we can only assume he did. So, no one in the kingdom really did have any respect for Polyneices. They have every right to feel that way. He brought war and death to their lands, his own homeland. Polyneices should have had no respect but Antigone still saw him as her brother and not a killer that the rest of the people in her land saw him as. Antigone was faced with a choice be “A true sister, or a traitor to your family” (Prologue, 26-27). So, Antigone took it upon herself to show the brother that he should have. She took it up as her duty to give her brother a burial so that he was no longer the birds meal, and so that way he would be able to enter the afterlife and not have to live in purgatory. Antigone was the only one who still saw good in a man who did not deserve to be seen in a good

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