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Core Values In Antigone By Sophocles

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“Your core values are the deeply held beliefs that authentically describe your soul.” This meaningful quote was said by famous American author John Maxwell. The idea of this quote brings up a play called Antigone, which is a play written by famous Greek playwright Sophocles around 441 B.C.E. In the play, Antigone, the protagonist, goes against the king of Thebes which is Creon and follows her core values. Antigone has the core values of submitting to the gods, dedication to have ownership for her actions, and belief in justice. Antigone's core values affected her decisions and actions throughout the play. Antigone has a core value of submitting to the gods.That is because in the text, Antigone says to Ismene “But I must bury him, and if I must die, I say that this crime is holy.” This quote from the text shows that Antigone is ready to risk death to listen to the gods. Creon said whoever buries Polyneices shall be stoned to death and Antigone still disobeyed. She calls this crime holy because she is going against Creon’s laws to follow the laws of her religion. It was considered a big dishonor to not bury a person in Greek culture. Antigone also had the core value of submitting to the gods because Antigone says “Your edict, King, was strong, but all your strength is weakness itself against the immortal laws of God.” Antigone says this when she is caught by the sentry burying her brother Polyneices and is brought to Creon. It is surprising how Antigone is still
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