Analysis - Journal #5

Analysis - Journal #5 - Perry 1 C3C Jason S H Perry English...

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Perry 1 C3C Jason S H Perry English 211 – T2A Capt. Dandeles 20 April 2008 Analysis While Antigone addresses the main character’s dilemma to disregard King Creon’s order denying Polyneicês a proper Greek burial, the author inadvertently speaks to the larger dilemma of loyalty. Sophocles’ play, Antigone , explores the complexity of ethics and human morality through the reader’s omniscient point-of view. The historical period during the time in which Antigone was written provides the basis for the play’s focus on one’s moral decisions when confronted with adversarial conditions. The underlying theme of familial versus administrative loyalty found in Antigone can be compared to modern day situations, such as one’s opinion and personal decisions regarding USAFA’s Honor Code. In analyzing the actions of Antigone, it is important to understand the difference between ethics and morals. The American Heritage Dictionary defines morality as the “quality of being in accord with standards of right or good conduct” (“Morality” 1). In other words, morality is one’s conforming to a standard of right behavior. Ethics, on the other hand, as defined by the American Heritage Dictionary , is “a set of principles of right conduct” (“Ethics” 1). This
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