Antigone Analysis Creon Vs Antigone

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English 2 HonorsAntigone Analytic Essay AssignmentThe Antigone is one of three plays written by Sophocles in the Oedipus series. The play is a tragedy where the hero displays the classic characteristics of a tragic hero in that he has a flaw that will eventually lead to his downfall. The key element in this play occurs when a battle between two opposing characters, Antigone and the King of Thebes, Creon, erupts. Many interpretations of this play have been done and many people have made observations about it throughout the years. The German philosopher Hegel had stated that both sides of the conflict can both be equally justified in their actions. It could be said that Creon is right in his decisions, but that Antigone was right or justified in hers too.Antigone was born a daughter of Oedipus along with her sister Ismene, and brothers Etocles and Polyneices. Oedipus, was the son of Laius and Jocasta but accidently killed his father Lauis, and married his mother Jocasta without knowing who they actually were. After the four children were born, the two parents killed themselves after finding out that Oedipus was the son of Jocasta. Once this occurred, Etocles and Polyneices went to war over the throne, only to both be killed. Creon assumed reign over the land of Thebes at this point, and set a law against the burial of Polyneices because he was an enemy of the state, denying him passage to heaven. This is where the play Antigone picks up. Antigone defies the king's order to not bury Polyneices and give burial rights. It could be said that Antigone's actions were justified in numerous ways. Around line 590, Antigone is quoted saying "…but Hades still desires equal rites for both." Antigone is referring to her brothers Etocles and Polyneices on opposite sides of the war when Creon is questioning her. She believes that the Gods orders should reign higher than that of Creon's and that no matter what man, they should still be given full burial rites. Antigone at this time makes a good point of stating that she will never have another brother because her parents are dead. She can have another child if one dies, but there is no way to get another brother, so both should be honored and receive passage to heaven. Antigone's actions can be justified in the eyes of a post conventional community, and even so, many people in Thebes view Antigone's actions as that of a martyr; doing what she thinks is right despite the punishments. Antigone did have to end up paying with her life in the end, but she affected many others along the way, including the king's.Creon rose up to the throne after the battle between the two brothers, Etocles and Polyneices. He then ruled that since Polyneices was an enemy of Thebes, his body should not be buried and given the proper rites to pass into heaven. Creon says, "[one brother] who was destroying this country-the other one went to his death defending it." Creon here believes that since Etocles was...

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