Antigone - Analysis of Greek Ideals

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Antigone - Analysis of Greek Ideals

In Ancient Greece, new ideals surfaced as answers to life's

complicated questions. These new beliefs were centered around the

expanding field of science. Man was focused on more than the Gods or

heavenly concerns. A government that was ruled by the people was

suggested as opposed to a monarchy that had existed for many years.

Freedom of religion was encouraged to be exercised in city-states.

These new ideals, though good in intentions, often conflicted with

each other creating complex moral dilemmas.

Such was the case in Antigone a play written by Sophocles during

this era of change. In the play, Antigone and Creon battle a

philosophical war dealing with the controversy of the Greek ideals.

They both based their actions on their beliefs of what is right and

wrong. The conflict arose when the ideals that backed up their actions

clashed with each other, making it contradiction between morals.

Antigone's side of the conflict held a much more heavenly

approach, as opposed to the mundane road that Creon chose to follow.

Antigone feels that Creon is disregarding the laws of heaven through

his edict. After she is captured and brought to Creon, she tells him

"I do not think your edicts strong enough to overrule the unwritten

unalterable laws of God and heaven, you being only a man." Antigone's

staunch opinion is one that supports the Gods and the laws of heaven.

Her reasoning is set by her belief that if someone is not given a

proper burial, that person would not be accepted into heaven. Antigone

was a very religious person, and acceptance of her brother by the Gods

was very important to her. She felt that "It is against you and me

he has made this order. Yes, against me."...