Antigone was right, yet so was Creon. The conflict is an individual versus the state and divine law versus human law. Antigone challenges her Uncle Creon, the king, regarding his ruling of Polynices' denial of burial rites. Polynices was her brother. Although he died attempting to overthrow his brother, Eteocles, from the throne, Polynices was her brother and felt he deserved those rites received by Eteocles. Creon declared Polynices' body was to be thrown on the ground and left for the animals. Since the king has denied a human his innate rights of burial, Antigone gave him the rites herself. Antigone, nonetheless, was bigger than her body; she discarded her societal role and assumes the position smiled upon by the gods. Her cause was moral, rebellious, and most of all, justified.
Creon was threatened by a woman. She was supposed to be passive and stay within cultural domains of her gender. King Eteocles, son of Oedipus, was murdered by Polynices, his own brother. Why should he receive or deserve the same rites as the king, loyal ruler of the land? Creon was the king and justified his ruling by condemning those people who attempt to breach the unwritten contract between the monarchy and the citizens. However Antigone defied the king. Acting as a vigilante by taking law into her own hands where injustice was served, she covered the exposed remains her brother and performing his religious rites of burial. She suggested blessing the body of man who threatened their livelihood as a society. She is not the king, nor does she have the right to perform such actions, even if she is the daughter of Oedipus Rex; she is still a woman.
A mere woman became more powerful than the king of Thebes by standing and dying for her convictions, and a king was reduced to nothing by sentencing the martyr to death. He was wrong in his decision to ignore the prophetic words of Teiresias; then made an unrealized self-des... Continue Reading