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What Is The Play Antigone About?

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What Is The Play Antigone About? Examinating the symmetry between Creon and Antigone procives important insights into the themes of the work. The play is about a war between different values as much as it is about the struggle between two strong-willed people and religion. Antigone is struggling against Creon, but she is also struggling against patriarchy, the power of the state, and the rules of larger society. Creon is battling Antigone, but he is also fighting against chaos, disorder, the unravelling of the social fabric. I think when Sophocles wrote the play Antingone he had many points to make and maybe in a way mock aspects of traditional Greek life. One main subject the play focuses on is pride. Pride and its effects are a central part of what Antingone is about. Both Antigone and Creon are incredibly proud, their pride contrasts with each other by their different sets of beliefs, they both believe that their own belief is the correct one and will not compromise because they are to proud to back down. Neither one of them will give way once they have taken a stand for what they believe to be right. Pride is what seals the fate of Creon, because as a human, Creon believes pride is a sign of greatness, but this goes against the Gods' idea who tend to bring suffering to the proud. ...read more.

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Antigone's gender makes it all the more important that Creon enforces his will, because he believes women should be ruled by men. Creon also makes a speech in the play that gives the reader another insight to Creon's views on women. 'From this time forth, these must be women, and not free to roam' Creon is saying that restriction of movement and submission to the authority of men is not just appropriate for women, it defines women. Creon shows us that he sees the maintainance of gender catorgories as an essential part of maintaining general order. Locking up Ismene and Antigone is a way to make them be women. Creon also seems to feel like his manhood is dependant on victory over Antigone. Antigone's defiance is seen by Creon as an attempt to unsurp male status and claim it as her own. Creon's need to defeat Antigone seems at time to be personal. At stake is not only the order of the state, but his pride and sense of himself as a king and, more fundamentally as a man. Later he speaks to Haemon about the need to defeat Antigone, especially because she is a woman. The sex-gender system's instability is solely the concern for Creon, who, as a man and a man in power, has the most to gain from the protection of that system. Sophocles' play seems to have a lot about the role of women in Greece. ...read more.

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She believed that the burial was a religious ceremony, and Creon did not have the power to deny Polynices that right. For Antigone the importance of attending the next world outweights, in her mind, the importance of human laws 'These laws-I was not about to break them, not out of fear of some man's wounded pride'. Creon makes his mistake by sentencing Antigone, and his mistake is condemned by the gods. We can see the God's are less than pleased with Creons decree. Before Antigone attempts to bury her brother the second time, a storm appears. The guard assumes that the storm was created by divine power, but Creon ignores the event. As Antigone argues with Creon she defends the supremacy of the God's law, 'that you, a mere mortal, could override the gods, the great unwritten, unshakable traditions', but once again Creon decides to ignore Antigone's view of the God's law. The majority of the play is about honor to the laws of the land and obidence to the religion of the gods and how Creon's struggle for power temporally blinds him to the importance of the god's will. When Antigone goes against Creon's human law, she says she will be seen as a criminal but a 'religious one' Overall Antigone's action are seemed to be more heroic, she denies the power of the state out of the love for her brother, and her religious beliefs in divine law and the gods themselves seem to validate her actions, unlike Creon's. ...read more.

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