The Tragedy Of Sophocles ' Antigone Essay

1044 Words Oct 30th, 2016 5 Pages
Sophocles’ Antigone raises the argument that it is better to honor the laws of a god rather than adhere to the laws of man. This debate arises through the actions of Antigone, who by disobeying Kreon’s edict to not bury Polynieces, believes that she honors the gods by burying her fallen brother. This conflict causes the audience to ponder which of the two characters deserves their sympathy since both suffer serve losses by the end of the tragedy. However, Antigone earns the sympathy of the audience opposed to the deplorable Kreon due to her cursed background and moral adherence, which juxtaposes Kreon’s condemnable hubris and poor kingship.
Antigone earns the sympathy of the audience because of her accursed background. She was born of an “ill-fated mother who slept with her own son, my father! Such was my unhappy birth.” (Sophocles 56). Since this unfortunate series of events the line of Oedipus, Antigone’s father, has been cursed. Due to the curse, Oedipus gouged out his eyes and went into exile leaving the kingship to his son. However, the curse later results in the battle between Polyneices and Eteokles, who die at each other’s hand. The death of Oedipus’ sons is what allows Kreon to become king. Therefore, if it were not for the curse Kreon would not have be able issue the edict that Polynieces is to be left unburied, and Antigone would not have disobeyed the edict to honor the gods. Thus, it is due to Antigone’s unfortunate background causing her predicament that…

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