Antigone Moral VS. Law

Antigone Moral VS. Law

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  • Here Creon is telling his people about his newest and most important law. Creon decides to make a law about not to bury Polyneices.
  • Polyneices, I say, is to have no burial: no man is to touch him or say the least pray hall lie on the plain, unburied; and the birds and the scavenging dogs can do with him whatever they like. This is my command, and you can see the wisdom behind it. As long as I am King, no traitor is going to be honored with the loyal man. But whoever shows by word and deed that he is on the side of the State,––he shall have my respect while he is living and my reverence when he is dead. 
  • Here Antigone(left) and Ismene(right) are depating whether to burry their brother. Ismene thinks its a dangerous idea because of Creon's new law Antigone values her Morals more than the Law.
  • Antigone: I must bury him! Ismene: Bury him! You have just said the law forbids it. Antigone: He is my brother. And he is yours too. Ismene: But think of the danger! Think what Creon would do! Antigone: Creon is not strong enough to stand in my way. 
  • Here Antigone is Burying her brother despite her uncle's law.
  • I must bury my brother even if that means  I have to die trying.
  • Antigone is blaming her father for her sins, she is crying out that she has done nothing wrong and wishes the same death for Creon. She feels that she is being punished for her father's sins.
  • And yet, as men’s hearts know, I have done no wrong, I have not sinned before God. Or if I have, I shall know the truth in death. But if the guilt Lies upon Creon who judged me, then, I pray, May his punishment equal my own. 
  • Here Teiresias is telling Creon that he has upset the gods and he will be punished for his actions. Creon of course has too much power to listen. Creon is so stubborn to realize.
  • Then take this, and take it to heart! The time is not far off when you shall pay back Corpse for corpse, flesh of your own flesh.
  • Creon has finally realized that he should have followed the laws of the gods because now his whole family is dead. He should have listened to his morals.
  • My mind misgives–– The laws of the gods are mighty, and a man must serve them To the last day of his life! 
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