Pride And Justice In Antigone

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In Sophocles tragedy, Antigone, the play unfolds by Antigone obeying the laws of the gods, instead of the law of the city. This tragedy incorporates the main recurring themes of pride, justice, and fate. Enraged by the idea that she cannot bury her brother, Polynices, Antigone goes against Creon and does what she feels is just and right by her brother. Antigone’s decision to follow the god’s law is the correct one based on moral thought. Antigone not only did right by her brother’s death, but followed her decision all the way to her death. Of course to others, her brother’s death was nothing since Creon made him seem like such a criminal for convicting him for treason, but to Antigone her family was a priority and she knew it was her duty to…show more content…
Antigone says as she is speaking to Creon, “By such a law as this I honored you, my own dear brother, higher than them all; but Kreon thought I was doing and daring awful deeds.” (Sophocles, 58). Antigone is emotional here speaking to her brother, while Creon sentences her to her death. She knows that what she did was right, and she will die and reunite with her family. By following her own moral conscience she abided by the god’s law to bury her brother. Creon is stubborn and evil on his part for sentencing her to such a cruel way to die, but this conflict ultimately leads to his demise. Another instance where Antigone states that her action was justified was when said that, “If this is viewed amongst the gods as something fine, I’ll find out, after suffering, that I was wrong; but if these men are wrong, may what they suffer be as evil as the unjust things they do to me.” (Sophocles, 58). Antigone is suffering and hurt by the fact that her just action lead to her incarceration and ultimately her death. It is sad that by trying to do something right by her own family, she lost her life. The decision to save her brother was justified by her actions leading up to her death. This was a decision that had consequences in her part, but it was morally the right
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