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Antigone: Divine Law vs. Human Law

The play entitled Antigone was written by a man named Sophocles, a scholarly author of philosophy and logic. The play Antigone is probably one of the most prominent

interpretations of a tragic drama. The two main characters of the play are Antigone and

Creon. There is much conflict between Antigone and Creon throughout the play, both of

them having their own ideas and opinions regarding divine law versus human law. The

theme that I am going to analyze is the conflict of divine law vs. human law. The reason

for this is because this theme seems to control the whole play. It is an issue of which law

is the "right" law, and if Creon's and Antigone's acts were justifiable.

The play Antigone can be summarized by the following: King Creon lets it be

known that Polyneices the traitor is not to be buried, but his sister Antigone defies

the order because of the values she holds. She is caught, and sentenced by Creon

to be buried alive - even though she is to be married to his son Haemon. After the

blind prophet Tiresias proves that the gods are on Antigone's side, Creon changes

his mind - but too late. He goes first to bury Polyneices, but Antigone has already

hanged herself. When Creon arrives at the tomb, Haemon attacks him and then kills

himself. When the news of their death is reported, Creon's wife Eurydice takes her own

life. Creon ends up being all alone due to the fact that his family members took their own

lives. Creon blames himself for all of these tragedies occurring, mainly…...

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