Good And Evil In Sophocles Antigone

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Sophocles’ play Antigone, has an example of how there’s always consequences, whether good or bad. In this play, Antigone, the main character commits an act of civil disobedience against her uncle, the king. This act of civil disobedience, burying her brother, Polyneices, after the king said that his body was not to have a proper burial, had a large effect on how the rest of the play developed. A lot of the events were Antigone’s fault, but each had a different effect on the character and society. One event caused by Antigone is the fight between her and Ismene, her sister. Antigone asks Ismene to break the law with her by burying Polyneices, their brother. Ismene does the logical thing and chooses to not break the law her uncle put in place. Ismene says in the play: “I have no strength / To break laws that were made for the public good” (prologue. i. 62-63). This gets the argument really going because Antigone thinks the laws of the god mean…show more content…
Now that Antigone had buried Creon’s first betrayer, Creon felt doubly betrayed and sentenced Antigone to live in a cave, essentially, until she died. She got fed every so often and guards were around her cave all the time. Meanwhile, Teiresias showed up to talk to the king. They discussed what did happen, what would happen, and what should happen. Teiresias made the king have a change of heart: “Come with me to the tomb. I buried her, i / Will set her free” (5. 876-877). He decided that Polyneices should have a proper burial, and Antigone shouldn’t be locked up in a cave for standing up for what she believed in. First, they gave Polyneices a proper burial and made sure everything was right. Then, they went to let Antigone out of the cave. But, by the time they arrived at the cave to free Antigone, she had already hung herself. She probably could’ve gotten the same change of mind from her uncle without ending up killing herself, but I guess that’s the tragedy of the
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