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AAMR 201 – 08 Professor Scheurer Antigone in the Modern World The following lines, spoken by Creon, are a reflection of how the majority of men of that time thought about women: “Therefore/we must defend the men who live by law,/never let some woman triumph over us./Better to fall from power, if fall we must,/at the hands of a man — never be rated/inferior to a woman, never” ( Antigone 756-761). Sadly enough, there are still some men today who also feel that women, just as children, should be seen and not heard. Though Antigone was written approximately 2,500 years ago, it seems considerably more modern because several of the themes, such as the importance of values, women’s struggle to find their place in society and the importance of family, transcend the boundaries of time and are still relevant today. The first theme, which is also possibly the most obvious, is the importance of values. After the deaths of Polynices and Eteocles, Creon decrees that Eteocles will be properly buried while Polynices, whom he considers a traitor, will be left unburied. He also states that if anyone is to bury Polynices or mourn his death, they will be punished by death (215-235). However, Antigone recognizes that there is a greater law than which has been decreed by Creon; a law from a higher power that has been rooted in her value system her entire life. Antigone affirms the fact that she feels no remorse for breaking the laws that went against 1
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her values: “It wasn’t Zeus, not in the least/who made this proclamation — not to me…. ./Nor did I think that your edict had such force/that you, a mere mortal, could override the gods,/the great unwritten, unshakable traditions” (499-505). The idea of rebelling against authority in order to maintain one’s own values has certainly continued on into modern times. Antigone’s actions can easily be compared to the idea of civil disobedience that was seen during the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s or to the actions of Mahatma Gandhi in the 1930s. Sadly, the leaders of these movements are also comparable to Antigone in that they were all killed for standing up what they believe in. The second theme of
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