Antigone 2

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Antigone is a play based on the power of democracy. Creon punished all of the democratic acts as tyranny against the state. At the end of the play he realized that there is no one man state, that the people rule it. Without any people to agree with your decisions you are just a man not a republic.

One of the first references to the family is the two different burials given to brothers. Antigone feels that it is disrespectful to her, that Creon gave an honorable to one. Another instance of family virtue is the suicide of Eurydice to avenge her son's death, and to punish his father for his irrational orders.

Reason enters in the play three times when Antigone is convincing her sister, Haemon is convincing his father, and Teresias is addressing Creon. It enters on Antigone side when she is convincing her sister that the different burials, is extremely sacrilegious.

Haemon approaches his father as what appears to be complete obedience, but at the end it is shown that he is actually mocking his father. Teresias approaches Creon as a by stander that is letting him know what is being said in his kingdom.

At the end of the play he realized that there is no one man state, that the people rule it. Without any people to agree with your decisions you are just a man not a republic.