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Antigone: Anarchist And Martyr Essay

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In Antigone by Sophocles, Antigone is both an anarchist and a martyr, for different reasons. First off, there are many reasons that the girl could be considered an anarchist. An anarchist is one who wishes for no government, no higher power. So, there are many reasons why one could consider the girl an anarchist. The most obvious of these reasons being that she disobeyed the law, the law set by the king of Thebes, Creon. This law consisted of not being allowed to bury the man Polyneices, who was a traitor to Thebes, gathering an army after he was banished from his home city, to attack them, and then going to war against the city. Polyneices died, but still, this law was made. And Antigone broke it. She scattered dust on the rotting flesh “And sprinkled wine three times for her brother’s ghost” (Sophocles 202). And not only did the “anarchist” Antigone break this law that Creon had set, she boasted of it proudly. Later on, one could even argue that this action was imprudent. When convicted, she had no guilt, and did not look back. She wanted to show everyone that it was right of her to bury her brother. “There is no guilt in reverence for the dead,” Antigone said to Creon, claiming that she was justified; her actions were well beyond necessary (Sophocles 205). But in retrospect, this could be considered insubordination, an unwillingness to comply with the King’s wishes and merely accept her fate, what she had done. Despite Antigone’s actions, there was always Creon’s wish for order in the city of Thebes. He wanted things to be calm; he wanted everyone to obey him. Therefore, he wanted “[to] have...

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