Morality In Antigone By Sophocles

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In the play “Antigone” written by Sophocles, many issues arise regarding morality and pride. While there may be many evidence to argue whether Antigone is in the right or Creon is, the German philosopher Hegel argues that both are right, to some extent. When the argument is analyzed from both point of views it is evident that they both have some moral reasoning to both cases being correct; however, neither side is willing to view the situation in the eyes of the other person because they both feel that they are inexplicably correct, which causes them to both be wrong. Both Antigone’s and Creon’s judgement is clouded because of their inability to understand why the other views the situation in the way that they do.
The story of Antigone is
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To prevent this his biological parents have him sent away and Oedipus in adulthood finds out of such prophecy and leaves his adoptive parents’ home to avoid that from happening. On his way to Thebes, Oedipus then killed his father and married the queen of the land, which also happens to be his biological mother. Although when it comes to light that he has married his biological mother, it is already too late because they have offspring. Later, when Oedipus is exiled his sons form a pact that allows Eteocles to become king, then lets his brother Polyneices rule for the same amount of time. When the time comes, Eteocles refuses and Polyneices leaves Thebes and returns with his own army to fight and take the crown by force. After the war both brothers have died and the closest living male relative is Creon, which consequently gives him the right to the crown. Creon states that no man shall be above his law, including family members and he will be a wise and just ruler. As his first edict, he states that Eteocles was a brave warrior for Thebes and will receive an honorable burial, while Polyneices on the…show more content…
But by believing this notion, she closes off her mind to other options, and doesn’t leave any room for her situation to be compromised. She also is very bold in her statements and does not back down to Creon like it was expected of a woman to back down to a man, especially one in power like Creon. By taking this position she effectively becomes a martyr for her cause because she is seen as someone who will stand by their beliefs no matter what the consequences. She says she would rather be put to death than follow Creon’s edict and leave her brother unburied. Antigone places her sister and fiancé in a complicated situation without intending to, while she is arguing with Creon she successfully manages to divide her family and in the end Haemon and Antigone’s sister also end up dying as well, this contradicts Antigone’s purpose because she was trying to remain a loyal sister, and by doing so ultimately caused the death of the few family she had left. In addition to this, Antigone leaves Creon no options because she even begins asking to be put to death, further complicating the situation because she isn’t willing to
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