Antigone Thesis Outline
He does not care that Antigone wants to properly bury her family member; he only cares about the fact that Antigone went against authority and disobeyed the law.
Creon states “there is nothing worse than disobedience to authority, it destroy cities, it demolishes home” (Sophocles, 441 BC, line 720).
Antigone states, “he has no right to keep me from my own” (Sophocles, 441 BC, line 48).
Antigone feels that nobody has the right to dictate how she plans to bury her family member.
Moreover, the Greeks supported absolute monarchs, however, simultaneously they also believed in divine law and had a profound amount of respect for the gods and their laws.
Creon states “am I to rule this land for others, or myself”? This statement shows how Creon has little consideration for others around him.
In addition, Creon demands civil disobedience above all.
Antigone, the sister of the two brothers wants to properly bury Polyneices’ body, but in doing so she would by defying king Creon’s edict.
For instance, he is more concerned with preserving certain values of law rather than the good of the city.
Another aspect of Antigone is the concept of kinship.
Warfare between kin is considered a heinous crime, for example, the brothers Eteocles and Polyneices murdering one another on the battlefield.
In “Antigone: Kinship, Justice, and the Polis,” John D. Hamilton states that “Antigone carries out a religious duty and observes the principles of kinship morality as she performs a symbolic burial rite for Polyneices, defying Creon’s prohibition” (Hamilton, 1991, pg. In the act of honoring her brother, Antigone performs the function of woman and warrior at once.