Antigone Analysis

Antigone Analysis - Taylor 1 Gregory Taylor Antigone Within...

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Taylor 1 Gregory Taylor Antigone Within the work “Antigone” by Sophocles, the theme of “authority versus the individual” arises between the two main characters Antigone and Creon. This dynamic is presented in the ways in which Antigone refuses to abide by the laws of the state because of personal moral beliefs. As she rebels, it is up to Creon as the authority figure to impose state law even if it is seen as unfavorable by his family and the population of Thebes. As such, the main theme of the play comes from this clash between Antigone (the individual) and her moral beliefs against Creon (authority) and his detrimental loyalty to authoritative principles. As the authority figure, Creon presents himself as an unjust leader willing to go against popular belief in order to uphold the law of Thebes. As stated through his son Haemon, “the city mourns for this girl; they think she is dying most wrongly and most undeservedly” (lines 744- 745). In addition, his own prophet explains to him that his actions against Antigone will have negative effects on the city (line 1064). Though this information is all passed down to him, Creon refuses to budge because of his devotion to his principles on authority. In his own words, Creon states that “there is nothing worse than disobedience to authority” (lines 723-724). His loyalty to authority, however, eventually leads to his downfall. The ways in which Creon is portrayed throughout the play lends to the idea that
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