Challenging Male Authority in the play Antigone.Paper Rating: Word Count: 1222 Approx Pages: 5
In the play, Antigone by Sophocles, Creon and Antigone have distinct conflicting values. Antigone first demonstrates her feministic beliefs when she chooses to challenge a powerful male establishment. This establishment is headed by her uncle Creon, who has just recently been crowned the King of Thebes. Creon poses to be dominant male in a patriarchal society. Creon's regard for the laws of the city causes him to abandon all other beliefs and he feels that all people should obey the laws set forth by him, even if other beliefs, morals or religions, state otherwise. Antigone, on the other hand, believes in Gods and the rules that they set forth. She feels that the laws of the gods should be obeyed above all others, especially in respect to family. The bold, defiant character of Antigone clearly clashed with the patriarchal dominance of Creon. This collision between characters gave rise to conflict and the battle of the sexes in Antigone. All this can be summarized through Antigone's disobedience, patriarchal beliefs of the king and society, Ismene and Antigone's clashing views, and the passage of patriarchal society from Creon to Haemon.
The denial to bury Polynices strikes directly at Antigone's family loyal