Antigone Morals vs. Laws

Antigone Morals vs. Laws
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  • Antigone and Ismene argue over whether they should follow the rules of the king or follow the rules of the gods.
  • "The laws of the gods mean nothing to you"(61).
  • "They mean a great deal to me; but I have no strength to break laws that were made for the public good"(62-63).
  • Antigone declares that she will bury her brother even though the law says that if she does she will be stoned to death in the streets.
  • " I will bury the brother I love"(65)
  • Antigone tells Creon that she did not follow his law to not bury her brother because it was not a law of the gods.
  • "It was not God's proclamation(57).
  • "And yet you dared defy the law"(56).
  • Antigone is blaming her father's sins for her death and she still is saying that she has done nothing wrong.
  • "I have done no wrong; I have not sinned before God (66-67).
  • "O Oedipus, father and brother! Your marriage strikes from the grave to murder mine
  • Creon realizes what he has done and is going to try and release Antigone before she dies,
  • "The laws of the gods are mighty, and a man must serve them to the last day of his life (107-108)
  • The choragus is saying that you should always submit to the gods and those who do not so that early in life learn to in the end of their lives.
  • "No wisdom but in submission to the gods. Big words are always punished and proud men in old age learn to be wise" (140-142).
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