The Conflict Of Antigone And Antigone Essay

1045 Words Sep 18th, 2016 5 Pages
Sophocles’ tragic play has remained relevant for well over two thousand years because the same conflicts that happened in the play still happen to this day. The opposing beliefs of Antigone and Creon lead to their inevitable fate because they are unwilling to compromise due to their firm stance on their beliefs. The main issues that divide them include; Antigone’s defiance of laws and her strong loyalty to her family, while Creon’s pride and obligation to fulfill his commitment as king proves to be his downfall. In the play, themes that parallel the issues in today’s society are gender equality and civil disobedience.
At the beginning of the play, tension is already running high between the King of Thebes, Creon, and his niece, Antigone. This discord stems from King Creon’s decree, which states that no will mourn or bury Polyneices, Antigone’s brother, because he was labeled a traitor of Thebes due to his hand in killing Eteocles, the former ruler (who is also the brother of Antigone and Polyneices). Antigone feels that this law is unjust because while Eteocles is laid to rest with full military honors, her other brother is left out on the ground exposed to be ravaged by wild dogs. As Polyneices’ sister, she feels that it is her duty to honor him in death even if this results in her own death, “But I will bury him; and if I must die, I say that this crime is holy” (Sophocles 55-56). When Ismene tries to reason with Antigone, Antigone rebuffs her and questions where her true…

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