Justice For Justice In Antigone

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The play Antigone tells of the obstacles one girl faces while attempting to claim justice for her brother. Written by Sophocles, Antigone, is the story of how the main character, Antigone, tries to bury her brother against the king’s order. Creon, the king, had demanded that Antigone’s brother, Polynieces’, body should be left unburied for vultures to feed on. While Antigone’s actions seem like a revolution, they are not because Antigone is only one person that trying to change the government without any intendment. Not only does Antigone not have a group supporting her, but her own family, including her sister Ismene does not support her decisions. On the contrary, the French Revolution was a massive movement that spurred many people to take …show more content…
However, in Antigone, when Antigone hears about Creon’s rules. She has no intention of standing up to him, “He is my brother still, and yours; though you would have it otherwise, but I shall not abandon him.”(Antigone 345). This demonstrates Antigone’s willpower and determination to defy Creon and obtain justice for her brother. Though she has this willpower, she does not try and use it to benefit the city-state of Thebes. The phrase “ he is my brother still ” indicates how no matter what Antigone will support her brother because he is her “brother still”. Of course, the phrase “ though you would have it otherwise” emphasizes the point that Antigone is going to stand her ground ,but Antigone has higher expectations than she can achieve. The phrase “I shall not abandon him” emphasizes her persistence to annoy Creon and prove to everyone that her brother is not a traitor. This is true but even though Antigone has the persistence and determination to achieve justice, there is only one person that is trying to make a change. The use of the words “I’ and “my” support the point of how only Antigone is one person that is going to try and thwart the authority. This quote demonstrates how only one person is attempting to stand up against authority while everyone else is oblivious to the turmoil. Though Antigone has the willpower and courage to …show more content…
Several people defying authority and revolting is a revolution. In the play Antigone, Antigone does not have any desire to change the laws. Even though, the king declares that no one should bury Polynieces; Antigone does. Though, she does not provoke a change in the laws and has no supporters to back her up. The French Revolution was the exact opposite. It had supporters and a leader. Maximilien Robespierre was one of the leaders took a stand and led the rebellion. This conflicts with Antigone because Antigone did not have the desire to change anything. Revolutions help the government rule fairly while giving people the freedom that they deserve without any

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