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Antigone by Sophocles presents a moral conflict over whether the gods law or the Kings law is more powerful.

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Perla Lacayo ENGL200 Dr. Prof. LW June 10, 2010 Bound by Blood There are times when moral law is more salient than civil law. Regardless of any society, culture or environment, a person is brought up in, all human beings are born with the inclination to do what they feel is the right thing to do. "Antigone" by Sophocles presents a moral conflict over whether the god's law or the King's law is more powerful. Antigone had lost both her brothers who were at war with each other. Creon, King of Thebes, honors Eteocles with a proper burial because he fought for the city of Thebes; and leaves Polynices to "be left unburied" and dishonored because he "thirsted to drink his kinsmen's blood and sell the rest to slavery" (Antigone 225-226). Although, she disobeyed Creon's martial law, Antigone held her loyalty to her family and did what she felt was morally right because regardless of what crime Polynice's committed he deserved to be honored with a proper burial. ...read more.

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So what does this say about Antigone's actions? Antigone exclaims that Creon's edict had no power over the great unwritten, unshakable traditions of the gods that could not be overridden by even a "mere mortal", like himself (504-506). Creon demonstrated a point about the laws be obeyed faithfully because he was King and in charge of creating and implementing the laws of Thebes. In the present, if a citizen of the country is caught doing something "against the law" they will be punished for their deeds whether it to be morally right or wrong...it's the law. Although Creon's harsh punishment on those who violate the law made many fear him, Antigone made it clear that the citizens of Thebes would all agree of the sheer glory she deserved for giving her brother a decent burial (563-565). Antigone spoke on behalf of the people of Thebes because of the fear they had for Creon "They see it just that way but defer to you and keep their tongues in leash" (570-571). ...read more.

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Everyone is entitled to a proper burial and the right to be put to peace upon their death, regardless of the crime committed. In conclusion, who has the right to say who is right and who is wrong, what is crucial and what is not. Both Antigone and Creon had reason for their actions. Antigone obeyed the laws of heaven, as well as kept her family in mind; on the other hand, Creon's concern was Thebes and its significance. Moreover, Antigone had a more convincing argument; the gods come first. The gods are powerful, and no mortal has the right to revoke the laws that they created. She makes a valid point in justifying her burying Polynice's "I have longer to please the dead than please the living here" (88-89), this is to say that life is not a permanent state but when death falls upon you...that's forever. There will always be a controversy between the laws of morality and civility. Moral and civil laws both have their privileges and setbacks but are still necessary and beneficial to the people. ...read more.

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