Classical Allusions In Antigone

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Works of literature are generally understood as being timeless with a superior artistic merit. It explores the traditions and culture of the time and place but most prominently it gives insight to the human condition. Greek mythology is used in the ancient times to interpret things that would otherwise be unexplainable. It is an indication of human creativity and the need to introduce faith in something greater than simply existing. Antigone by Sophocles is a perfect example of literature since it is filled by the mythology that is considered the religion and science of its time. As a daughter to the infamous Oedipus, it is normal to assume the tragic events that shall occur later on. Like her father, the consequences of her choices…show more content…
In her dialogue with Creon, Antigone reveals that she buried her brother against the decree of the king to escape punishment from the gods. Divine law demands that Antigone buries her brother, and she knows that by doing so her death would be imminent. She had to choose between her obedience to Creon as a woman and a citizen and her loyalty to the gods. She develops to an immensely heroic woman because she alone understands that divine law is more eminent than state law. "I did not mean to let a fear of any human will lead to my punishment among the gods" (line…show more content…
Antigone is a play in which Greek mythology explained conflicted loyalties, divine consequences, and some of the events that occurred. The heroine Antigone resolves to make the ultimate sacrifice to uphold holy law. Antigone’s adherence to religious rites as divine law is altruistic yet Creon’s creation of laws is selfish. Creon is not a masochistic sadistic monarch, but a man who was diverted from faith because he was corrupted by power. In his corruption he committed the most heinous crime against the gods: hubris, which brought on their wrath. The characters suicide to escape their fate, not realizing that by killing themselves they are actually committing what fate planned all

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