Reverence In Antigone

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Reverence for the Gods in Antigone

Religion has been important to people for a long time, and people show respect for their gods in many ways. In ancient Greece, gods were considered to be very important. Gods played a major role in ancient Greek art and literature, such as Antigone, a tragedy written by Sophocles. In Antigone, Antigone buries her brother Polyneices, breaking Creon’s laws and following the laws of the gods. Creon sends Antigone to the woods to die, where she kills herself. When Creon’s son, Haimon found out that his fiancé killed herself, he killed himself, then his mother, Eurydice killed herself as well. When he wished to be with his family, the gods would not Creon die. Reverence for the gods is shown in Antigone by Creon being punished by the gods for punishing Antigone, Antigone risking her life to follow the laws of the gods, and Creon suffering the consequences for disrespecting the gods’ laws.
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“Creon:‘I alone am guilty. I know it, and I say it. Lead me in, Quickly friends. I have neither life nor substance, Lead me in.’” By this quote, Creon means that he wants to die. By “‘I have neither life nor substance…’” Creon means that he lost his will to live when his wife and son killed themselves. Creon feels guilty for his family’s deaths, becaused he caused them by allowing Antigone to die, which led to Haimon killing himself, which led to Eurydice killing herself. “Choragos:‘Then do not pray anymore: The sky is deaf.’” Choragos says this to Creon when he asks for death. Creon’s entire family had died, and Creon wanted to die too. Creon was praying to the gods and asking to die. When Choragos says “‘The sky is deaf”” that means that the gods were not going to answer Creon’s prayers, so Creon would have to live and suffer. Creon's family was dead, because they killed themselves after Antigone

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