The story of Antigone is one most prevalent of its time in providing a background of the destructive times of Thebes. Thebes is considered one of the most influential city-states due to the substantial historical contents it provides of ancient Greece. For example, according to Greek mythology, Thebes was the birthplace of Greek God Heracles and the God of wine and pleasure, Dionysus. Most importantly the resting grounds for mythical king Oedipus whose ' story foretells the importance of Greek prophecies and oracles.The trilogy of Oedipus from Sophocles is a series about a group of plays beginning with Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus and ending with Antigone. In the play Antigone Sophocles ' attempts to reconcile the will of gods and human passions that lead one to react in a manner, regardless if seen as a sinful act against the community. Antigone clearly identifies conflicts between the dominant male authority and female tenacity of her time when Antigone herself goes against Creon 's request to not bury her dead brother Polynieces. Creon obliviously presents the conflicts between personal and political obligation because he uses his authority to prevent the proper burial of his own brother in law in the belief he has betrayed the city of Thebes in hopes to regain the throne from Creon and his brother Eteocles. Clearly Creon holds little value to family obligations and instead is more concerned on the loyalty he holds with Thebes. So when Antigone refuses to submit to his authority it is evident that she clearly holds the characteristics of heroism and arete because she chooses loyalty to her family over the loyalty to the community of Thebes no matter the consequence.
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...s over her. Even when her sister Ismene refused to help her in fear she 'd be punished, Antigone stood her grounds and honors the laws of heaven (Divine Law). And in spite of being caught, she is content with herself, knowing she is living to the best of her potential. The characteristics of Arete, defined as one who values their actions for the greater good and that is what Antigone distinguishes through the entire play. "I shall bury him. And if I have to die for this pure crime. I am content........ I have to please the dead far longer than I have to please the living...." (93) Overall Antigone 's courageous acts make her a hero of her time for having the bravery to do what she believes is right in the eyes of religion and divine law. Most importantly, because women in her time had little impact on what was regulated or defined as justly amongst their community.
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