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Carrol Bloomfield Philosophy 9/12/2020 Book Report Final 1. What is the primary moral conflict in Antigone? Why does this qualify as the main moral conflict? Religion, politics, and ethics are conflicting Antigone. Her name in greek means “born against” implying she was always going to be the main protagonist. Antigone’s moral conflict had a snowball effect that ended the lives of many of the royal family. She gives up everything to right the wrong of Creon, and honor her dead brother, Polyneices, through a proper burial. Antigone states, “They'll never catch me betraying him(Line 45).” Antigone takes responsibility for her brother so that he may rest with the Gods. A corpse rotting above ground is principally left to Hades. Anitigone takes a very unusual role that women at the time weren’t given. Burying the dead is a masculine role that Antigone takes upon herself. She exceeds the normal constructs of women during that time. Not only does she reject male authority, she threatens order in the city because she violates an order from the king. Antigone would rather die than follow the decree of Creon. She felt it to be her duty not only because he was her brother, but so he could pass the river that encircled the kingdom of death. Antigone said, “ I Will bury him. I will have a noble death And lie with him, a dear sister with a dear brother. Call it a crime of reverence, but I must be good to those Who are below”. Thebes is in the midst of a civil war and a new king. Antigone's moral desire starts a great conflict and tragedy that befalls Thebes because of an arrogant king who learns to listen too late. Creon believes in Zeus, God of the sky. It is the order and respect at the human level. Antigone's divine law contradicts the king. Her God is beneath the Earth, Hades.

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