Law Of Religion Vs. Law Of Man In The Greek Tragedy, "Antigone#

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Whatever your religion there is usually one thing in common, the laws of the religion must be upheld in all situations. With this in mind there could be many situations; it could mean to stand your ground under peer pressure, it could be if one is faced by tragedy, or even if one must stand against the laws of man. This theme is shown in the courageous acts of Antigone in the Greek drama "Antigone" where she stands against a law made by her uncle, Creon, and gives her brother, Polyneices, a burial as the law of religion requires. In the end of the Greek drama Creon is punished by the gods. The only person of his family still alive is Ismene, his niece. All this came from Creon's pride and all could have been spared if Creon had pardoned Antigone for burying her brother. Antigone should not have been sentenced to death for a deed done out of love and religious righteousness.
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She would have rather died a personal death then an eternal death that she believed she would have suffered if she didn’t bury her brother. Creon, out of pride, tried to deny Polyneices the basic rights a person, especially a family member, deserves.
The law of religion should be followed under any circumstance, as Antigone believed to her death. She believed that if she didn’t bury her brother she would die a spiritual death instead of a physical death if she did. Creon’s rebellion against the law of religion caught up with him in the end. He attempted to fix his mistake but was far too late. Antigone hung herself, Haemon stabbed himself by Antigone’s side and his wife followed her son after hearing the news of his death. Creon’s pride and disobedience to religious law caused the death of all his loved ones. Creon not only caused much physical death but he suffered a spiritual and emotional death as a result.
Some may say that Creon was right by abiding by the laws he set. What those people fail to see is the results of his so-called “social order”. His arrogance and refusal to listen to someone younger then he caused the death of many. The “social order” got thrown out of balance because of the one that so cherished it was unsuitably prideful. Once the blind prophet told him of his evil his heart softened, only to find himself too late to change his horrific fate.
With arrogance comes a humbling, with humility will insight be gained. Antigone displayed humility and was rewarded by a physical death but, as she believed, spiritual life. Creon displays arrogance and was punished with the death of his family and fated to survive a miserable and lonely life. Antigone was in the right by burying her brother. Creon should have seen the love displayed by Antigone and had exempted her from death. In his own pride Creon didn’t listen to the advice of his son only because he was much younger then himself. When Creon finally admitted his errors he found himself too late to do anything. Creon’s emotional devastation was of his own doing because of his acts of pridefulness against Antigone.

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