Antigone


Love for a family member can never be destroyed. In the story Antigone, by Sophocles, the bond between a brother and a sister is tested. Antigone, daughter of Odepius, puts her own life on the line in order to respectfully bury her dead brother. Creon, the new ruler of Thebes, has proclaimed that Antigone's brother Polyneices is not to be buried because he fought against Creon in the civil war of Thebes. He declares that anyone who buries his body shall be executed for treason, but regardless of these threats Antigone buries her brother. Creon and Antigone definitely have many opposing views about the bond between two family members.
Antigone understands that regardless of the laws of society, the bond between two family members requires respect in life and in death. In the play, Creon publicly declares that Polyneices' body is not to be moved. He states that his body is to lay unburied as food for carrion animals. Ismene, Antigones sister, refuses to help Antigone bury their brother's body for fear of her own life. Antigone therefore decides to bury it on her own. Regardless of Creon's demands, she decides to do what is right according to a much stronger law, the law of love and respect naturally given to siblings. When she is faced with Creon's anger, she does not deny burying Poylneices' body. Antigone realizes that regardless of what a king or ruler wants, family comesfirst. Creon and Antigone strongly disagree in this matter.
Creon and Antigone have two completely different perspectives in the play. Anitgone had two brothers, Polyneices and Eteocles. Both brothers were involved in the Thebes' civil war, but they fought on different sides. Eteocles was fighting for Creon, who eventually won the war. Polyneices was fighting for another cause. When Creon became ruler of Thebes it was brought to his attention that both brothers had died in battle. He decided that the brother

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