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An Imbalance of Life in Antigone

            Antigone, a dramatic play written by Sophocles, tells the story of Antigone, a young woman in conflict with loyalty. She is feeling internal conflict mainly because she decides to go against the law and give her brother named Polynices, who was declared a traitor against Thebes, a proper burial. Another main source of contradiction she feels is that her sister sides with King Creon by agreeing that the law should go above the state. She is caught attempting to bury her brother by King Creon, and goes against her punishment of solitary in a cave by committing suicide while in captivity. The conflict in the play is mainly attributed to tension within Antigone's religion, family loyalty, and gender roles of Thebes; these represent the rigidness and imbalance of life in Greece at the time of Sophocles.
             At the time of Antigone, the nation itself is in conflict because the death and replacement of their former king, Eteocles, by King Creon. Polynices is a traitor against Thebes. After his death, Creon "set forth against [Thebes] because of the contentious claims of Polynices"" (110-111). Along with the other unrest Antigone feels, the land Thebes itself was in chaos as well. This further represents the social unrest occurring in Greece at the time of Sophocles. Further on in the tragedy, king Creon states "Tyranny is luck in many ways, above all in doing and saying what it will"" (521-522). This also points back to the betrayal of Polynices against Thebes. This also encompasses the decision Antigone made to bury her brother, even though it is against Creon's laws. .
             The tragedy shows that Antigone has a profound concern for family with the predominant conflict of the play where she buries her brother even though it was illegal because he is a traitor. Antigone feels a deep concern in caring for her deceased brother who was forbidden from receiving a proper burial. She decided to "go and heap a tomb for [her] dearest brother, completely disregarding Creon's laws" (81-82).

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