The Tragedy Of Antigone And Sophocles ' Antigone Essays

1668 Words Oct 31st, 2016 7 Pages
Plato’s Crito and Sophocles’ Antigone both argue that it is better to die than live life with remorse. Contrary to this belief, some would make the point that one should do anything to save their own life, even if it meant breaking the law. I agree with both of these claims, that a life lived with constant guilt is not worth living, but rather living your life how you want will result in happiness. This is because people should live their lives on their own terms and if they spends their whole lives grieving over something they did not do then I cannot see how anyone can be pleased with themselves. Antigone furthers this point by choosing death rather than regretting not honoring her brother. Socrates agrees with Antigone’s reasoning in that he would rather die honorably than live running away from him accusers as Crito suggests. In Sophocles’ Antigone, Ismene, Antigone’s sister, tries to convince Antigone that burying her brother and disobeying the law is not worth carrying out especially if it is punishable by death. Antigone is eventually convicted by her uncle King Kreon for going against his word, the law. She buries her brother, Polynices, who killed their own brother. Before this Ismene tries to explain to Antigone that it is not worth the retribution and that she should not commit the crime because she would regret it. Through that it shows that Ismene believes that breaking the law and going against the authorities something one should not meddle with and should…

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