The Tragedy of A Tragic Story Twisted or Truth.
In Antogone, Sophocles examines the conflict between the requirements of human and divine law, that is centered on the burial of Polynices, Antigone's brother and creon's nephew. In Antigone a girl will put her life on the line, and defy the laws of the land just to see that her brother is properly laid to rest. While on the other hand her uncle the King has sent out a decree that the traitor Polynices" should not be given a funeral. On the issue of the burial, their views are opposed and they each believe that one is right and the other is wrong. One commentator has argued in "Antigone" that Antigone's "view of what is right is as twisted as that of Creon's." Although I do not believe that either Antigone or Creon's view is "twisted," I do believe that their fate is a direct result of their extreme pride and stubbornness. In this Summary of thoughts, I will examine the opposed views of Antigone, and Creon and, their reasons for their, actions. I will further investigate and explore why I believe that their extreme pride, and stubbornness, ultimately brings them to their tragic fate. .
I conclude with my thoughts on who is right, and who is wrong, and whether or not their views are in fact twisted. .
The Truth, The Reasons, Their Actions.
The views of Antigone and Creon are opposed, and they both possess the same stubborn belief in their own rightousness. At first we believe that Creon acts from sincere , patriotic and unselfish motives, and that he is acting out of a sincere belief that his decision is best for the state. This is shown in the first episode (lines 163-331), where Creon hopes to be a wise and good ruler. Later on we learn that he is too inflexible and narrow to heed criticism or admit fault, and that this causes all the misery in his life. The same is true of Antigone. She appears to be a very compassionate individual in the Prologue; however, later on we learn that she is also stubborn and unwilling to bend in her beliefs.