Sophocles ' Antigone : The Conflict Of State And The Duty Felt Towards Family

758 Words Jul 25th, 2016 4 Pages
Sophocles is one of the three ancient Greek tragedians whose plays have survived. His first plays were written later than those of Aeschylus and earlier than or contemporary with those of Euripides. Sophocles play Antigone dramatizes the conflict between claims of state and the duty felt towards family, by pitting the play’s central characters Antigone and Creon against one another with tragic consequences. Sophocles sites Antigone as the protagonist of the story and thus encourages the audience to view her and her moral justifications as being noble than Creon’s.
Firstly, Creon is a tyrant, His rule will not be remembered for many reasons, one being that he desecrate family honor. When a son or father dies in a battle, they are carried home to be properly buried by their families. Eteocles, Antigone’s other dead brother, is a patriot and buried because he fights for Thebes. However, Polynices is not buried because he rebels against Thebes. Creon leaves Polynices ' body out to be attacked by dogs and vultures. Hence, the people of Thebe were angry and will not remember Creon because of his offensive deeds performed while is on the throne.
Secondly, Creon will be forgotten because he decides to execute Antigone. Creon himself says that the need to defeat her is crucial because she is a woman.She is to be locked in a blocked cave until she dies. Although, later on in the story, Creon does decide to force her but it was too late. Antigone acted on family honor which is…

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