Tragedy In Antigone By Sophocles

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Antigone is a tragedy paly, and the third book of a trilogy written by Sophocles probably before 441 BC. The tragedy took place in Thebes city, right after the end of a war that doomed the city. The dispute mainly was between the king of the city Creon and his niece Antigone, when she disobeyed his orders and went on with burying her brother. The goal behind Sophocles’ tragedy Antigone was to show which matters are more important obeying the laws of the city or honoring the laws of gods and family. Antigone and her sister get back to the city Thebes after the war is over, but only to learn about the deaths of both of their brothers. One of their brothers Eteocles was honored by the king Creon and considered as a hero had a proper burying …show more content…
She stated that it is her duty to honor her family, which was more important to her than the city laws or orders. Antigone also, didn’t want to anger Zeus and the gods by letting her brother’s corpse unburied “for it was not Zeus that had published me that edict; not such are the laws set among men by the justice who dwells with the gods below; nor deemed I that thy decrees were of such force, that a mortal could override the unwritten and unfailing statutes of heaven.”(Sophocles). Antigone showed a great deal of determination when she declared to her sister that she is willing to become a criminal and die in order to keep her brother’s and family’s pride “I will bury him: well for me to die in doing that. I shall rest, a loved one with him whom I have loved” (Sophocles). The king Creon saw himself as the protector of the laws, and whoever tries to break it must be punished even if they were his family. He believed that Antigone was a criminal, and if he let her go without a punishment people of the city will start seeing him as liar “such are the rules by which I guard this city 's greatness. And in accord with them is the edict which I have now published to the folk touching the sons of Oedipus;-that Eteocles, who hath fallen fighting for our city, in all renown of arms, shall be entombed, and crowned with every rite that follows the noblest dead to their rest.”

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