Antigone

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Antigone

In the play "Antigone" by Sophocles, Creon and Antigone have
distinct conflicting values. Creon's regard for the laws of the city
causes him to abandon all other beliefs. He feels that all should obey
the laws set forth by him, even if other beliefs, moral or religious,
state otherwise. Antigone, on the other hand, hold the beliefs of the
gods in high reverence. She feels that the laws of the gods should be
obeyed above all others, especially when in respect to family. Creon
has a very strong opinion about the laws of the city and the laws
passed by him. His method of enforcing them is very strict. In
"Antigone" Creon orders that Polyneices will not be buried because of
his dishonor towards Thebes. Furthermore, if anyone is caught burying
him they will be killed for disobeying his order. Polonieces is
Antigone's brother. He is being punished because he attacked Thebes
and betrayed Creon and the people of Thebes. Creon's harsh punishment
on those who disobey the law makes many fear him and dare not to go
against him. One example is Ismene's regard for Creon's laws. She
tries to talk her sister out of burying her brother because of what
could happen to her if Creon found out that she went against him.
Ismene says "We must obey them.....I yield to those who have
authority"(5). Not only do the people of Thebes obey the laws of the
city because of their fear but because it is a shame to dishonor the
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