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Lit log Antigone

Lit log Antigone - Agnieszka Wynar Mrs Mancini AP...

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Agnieszka Wynar Mrs. Mancini AP Literature and Composition 5 October 2008 Literature Log Antigone by Sophocles Ideas the Work Elicited Antigone elicits many ideas, and they concern different topics one of them being freedom and one’s right to oppose the rules put on by the government. The play starts off with Anigone defying to her sister; Ismene that she will defy Creon’s ruling because she feels that what he did was wrong and did not match the wishes of the gods. Knowing the consequences she plans to bury her brother Polynices. She feels that she has the right to oppose the rules put on by the government. The government’s head is the king and therefore he can also be wrong, he’s only human. So why do people have to listen to his thoughts if they know he is making a mistake. Antigone’s opposition elicits another idea; civil disobedience. Creon believes that the people should listen to the higher power no matter whether it is right or wrong. Antigone on the other hand believes that the state law is not absolute and that it can be broken in extreme cases. For example if the actions go against the wish of the gods. She believes more in the people’s rights and their freedom where Creon trusts the government. This argument raises the question of whether laws should be absolute. Creons and Antigones points of view clash not only in the government vs. gods issue. They also portray citizenship differently. Creon believes that when a citizen one should follow
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the laws of the city strictly and precisely. He is so sure of his view, he sentences Antigone to death once she has stepped out of the lines of the book. Antigone defines citizenship with more individualism. She disagrees with Creon’s definition and stands up to it. The debate of citizenship is also shown with Creon’s denial to bury Polynices’s body. Polynices has betrayed the city of Thebes and Creon feels that he should not be treated as a citizen anymore. Burial of the citizens was something the Greeks took for granted; by not baring Polynices he initially strips him of his citizenship. Antigone does not disagree with him that Polynices has betrayed the city and she is also angry with him, however; she thinks that betrayal should not take away his rights to be buried like a normal person, it’s just curtsey and gods way. She also values the family and her role to bury her brother, while Creon does not care. He puts the state over his family. The proof to his feelings is action of killing Antigone, even though she was his son’s bride to be. It is
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