Antigone In Kohlberg's Stage Of Moral Development

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The character Antigone from the play Antigone best represents Stage 6th ,Universal Principles, of Kohlberg’s Stage Of Moral Development because she believes that individuals should have natural rights. In the play Antigone has a sister called Ismene and two brothers, Polynesis and Eteocles. Polynesis and Eteocles killed each other for the throne. Since Polynesis attacked Eteocles first Creon decided to leave Polynesis dead body in the street, so Antigone believed that Creon’s rule was unfair and it was against her natural rights so she decided to break the rule and bury her brother’s body.
In the play Antigone, Antigone falls into stage 6th, Universal Principles, of Kohlberg’s stages of moral development because she believes that Creon’s rules abuse her natural right and her morality and that makes her be obligated to disobey the …show more content…

“ He’s honoring one with full funeral and treating the other one disgracefully! Etheocles,they say, has had his burial according to our customary rites, to win him honour with the dead below.”
“ But where I could gain greater glory than setting my own brother in his grave? All those here would confirm this pleases them if their lips weren’t sealed by fear--being king.”
Some people may say that Antigone agues from the perspective of stage one, obedience and punishment because she said that acting against the law is a rule and the punishment was getting stoned to death. “ Anyone who acts against the order will be stoned to death before the city.”
In conclusion, Antigone represents stage 6th of Kohlberg’s Stages Of Moral Development because she broke a rule that was made against her morality and she believed that it wasn’t fair that Creon wanted Polynesis dead body stay in the street and not get buried. Also she believed that it was disrespectful that one of her two brothers got buried and then the other one

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