It is not uncommon for the Civil Law to conflict with Honor. This means that the laws of
people, jobs, countries, and duties usually establish a problem with the glory, or respect of
people and their self-will, because there are different views of something on each side.
This statement is true because many aspects of life involve standing up for what you
believe in, while going against the laws of what you have to follow, even though the civil
people don’t have any patience for any excuses. In the play Antigone by Sophicles, and the
movie A Few Good Men, by Aaron Sorkin, Antigone, Dawson and Downy stand up for
what they think is right at that moment, and go against the laws they were to follow.
The Greek Tragic Hero Antigone is characterized as a person with great honor and
has a conflict with going against the civil law under Creon, and not burying Polynices.
Polynices was a traitor to Thebes and was killed in war against his brother Eteocles.
Antigone, Eteocles’s and Polynices’s sister wanted to give Polynices a proper burial.
Antigone buried Polynices twice and was caught the second time due to her screaming and
crying. “There is no shame in honoring my brother (Antigone line 430),” it is true that
Antigone stood up for what she believed in, even though there were consequences of
dying. Perhaps the honor that you have inside of you is more important than the laws that
are created for you. Creon, the King of Thebes did not like the fact that Antigone, Creon’s
own niece, would go against his ruling of not burying Polynices, who in fact was a traitor.
Creon is a selfish man who does not care about anything besides power. “Well, what do
you say-you, hiding your head there; do you admit or deny the deed (Creon line
370-371).” Creon tries to make Antigone confess to her wrongdoing, and she in fact-does
confess to it, because she is proud of what she did and won’t deny it. Antigone knows
what she did was right and won’t let a cruel punishment get in her way. It could be that
Creon does not even care what Antigone’s reason for burying Polynices was, all Creon
really cares about is finding the verdict and sentencing them to death, even if they are part
of his family. As a result of Creon being so cruel and unjustified, Antigone takes her own
life and Haeman takes his life as well, because there was so much depression and sadness
between them. Even though Antigone shows great honor and did what was right for her
family, she still went against the civil law and will be punished for it.
The movie is very similar to the play by having Harold Dawson and Louden
Downy stand up for what they believe is right. Dawson and stood up for what he
believed in and at the same time knew that he had to follow an order. When Dawson and
Downy followed the order of their commander to perform the Code Red, they also went
against the civil law because Code Red’s are not permitted, and they killed Santiago and
were arrested because of it. “Docit....