Core Values In Antigone

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“It’s my nature to join in love, not hate.” These words came from none other than, Antigone, the protagonist, of the early 500 B.C.E Greek tragedy Antigone. This play was written by Sophocles. Throughout this play, Antigone shows core values of loyalty to her family, loyalty to the gods, and commitment to ownership. And it seems that these core values have an affect on the choices she makes. Throughout this play Antigone's core values are often influencing her choices. One of her predominant core values is to have loyalty to her family. In the play when Antigone is faced with the conflict of Polyneices’, her brother and former prince of Thebes, burial she doesn't hesitate to do what's right. She says “Ismene, I am going to bury him.” This quote shows how Antigone’s core value of loyalty to her family helps make her decisions because it proves how valued her family is to herself. When Antigone chooses to bury Polyneices she's not worried about the consequences that may come. For she believes that what's she's doing is right, and it’s what her family would want. This quote is then followed by another, which reads “Creon is not strong enough to stand in my way.” This quote also expresses her loyalty because it shows her determination to fulfill the duties that would please her family. It also shows how she's not afraid of what Creon, king of Thebes, may do and that she most definitely values her family over herself. Antigone’s loyalty then causes her to evidentially do what she believes is right for her family, and bury her brother. Based on this evidence, Antigone’s core value of loyalty to her family is most certainly factored into her decisions. Besides being loyal to her family, another core value that influences Antigone's choices is her loyalty to the gods. After Antigone is caught, she is asked series of questions regarding what happened. However, instead of trying to hide what she did, she's extremely up front and proud, or hubris, about it. In the text, Antigone tells Creon "It was not God's proclamation.” This evidence shows how her loyalty to the gods affects her decisions because it shows how little she values Creon’s proclamations. Instead of listening to the king, who could
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