Drama Analysis

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ENG 200
Ms. Aslop
Maggie Fowler
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Natural Law and Man
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” — United States Constitution,
Amendment I
Almost every United States’ citizen has heard or is familiar with with the first amendment to the
United States Constitution, either memorizing it in a government class in grade school or claiming the government is infringing on their rights. Basically, it guarantees freedoms concerning religion, expression, assembly, and the right to petition. It
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After Creon makes this radical demand of the sentry to find Antigone the chorus says, “Man the master, ingenious past all measure/ last all dreams, the skills within his grasp—/ he forges on, now to destruction/ now again to greatness. When he weaves in the laws of the land, and the justice of the gods that binds his oaths together/ he and his city rise high—“ (Lines
406-412). From these lines, the chorus is saying that the king must honor the laws of the land and the gods law to be a successful leader, and Creon is not obeying the gods thus his kingdom will fall.
After Antigone is turned in, for giving burial rites to her brother, Creon asks why Antigone had the audacity to break the law knowing the outcome would be death. Antigone claims “… dwelling with the gods/ beneath the earth, ordain such laws for men./ Nor did I think your edict has such force/ that you, a mere mortal, could override the gods, the great unwritten, unshakeable traditions.” (Lines 501-505).

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Antigone believes that even though Creon is a king and ruler of the land, there is a much higher power that rules over Creon and that the gods hold more authority. Also, even though the gods rules are unwritten they are understood and unchanged by the citizens that follow them. When Creon sends
Antigone to go suffer in a burial tomb alive, it appears that man made law has triumphed regardless of what the gods believe is right, because Antigone disobeyed the
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