Disobedience In Antigone

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In Sophocles’ Antigone, what appears to be a Greek tragedy story is filled with several central ideas that holds weigh even in our modern times. In Antigone, Sophocles explored the concept of civil disobedience, Devine laws versus laws of man or the state, and the price of pride. As a prequel to Oedipus the King, Antigone suffers the ramification of her father’s curse as she is false to defy her king in an attempt to honor her fallen brother. Although Antigone’s main goal was to honor Polyneices, she also defied Creon for personal honor, because she believes she “will suffer nothing as great as death without glory” (5). As selfish as it may seem, her personal honor is the reward of honoring Polyneices against King Creon’s edict. Antigone sites…show more content…
In consistence with most civil disobedience cases, rarely does such unlawful actions goes unpunished, and there was no exception for Antigone. In a coherent manner, as series of events unfolded throughout the story, civil disobedience, and divine laws above that of man, and the price of Pride in unisons created a tragic series of events. As the prideful nature of both King Creon and Antigone sets both characters on a path of disaster. Stubbornly unapologetic for her defying Creon’s edict, Creon had to make an example of out of Antigone. On the other hand, Creon’s Pride rendered him incapable of heeding to Teiresias prophecy of doom to come; with such character flaws in both Creon and Antigone, Sophocles was able to create a character friction that underlined the theme of civil disobedience and the price of pride as the main central idea of the story. As if stubbornness was byproduct of pride, unrepentant Antigone died for her stubbornness, while Creon finally realized his stubbornness and lost his son and his wife for not acknowledging the
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