Hubris Runs Deep In Sophocles’ Antigone, Thus Is The Destruction

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Hubris runs deep in Sophocles’ Antigone, thus is the destruction in both King Creon and his niece Antigone’s characters. Creon and Antigone both have different values that they live by. Creon’s regard for the laws of the city blinded him to all other beliefs. He felt that all should obey the laws he’s set, even those that interfere with moral and religious beliefs. Antigone on the other hand, holds the laws of family and the heavens with the highest respect. She believes that no law made by man should overrule the laws of the gods. She is so stern with her morals that it led her to the clash between her and her uncle, and ultimately her death. Furthermore, the conflict between Creon and Antigone arose from the choices that were made…show more content…
Despite her innocence, Ismene is also summoned and interrogated and tries to confess falsely to the crime, wishing to die alongside her sister, but Antigone insists on shouldering full responsibility.” Ismene does not want to see her sister executed for she has already lost her parents, and both brothers in one day. In addition, Ismene “sees herself-and the women of Thebes-as disempowered and assailable. Attentive to political vulnerability, Ismene refuses Antigone’s request to publicly violate Creon’s decree forbidding the mourning or burial of her brother Polyneices, on pain of death.” While Ismene struggles to come to terms of losing her last living sibling for her foolish act, Antigone is willing to face death. She believes that her death will be an honorable one, after all, her short life on earth is nothing compared to the eternal afterlife that awaits her. While death lingers in both sister’s minds, the new king worries about his image. How he is portrayed to the people of Thebes is far more important. He wanted the people of Thebes to respect and fear him to gain power. Creon’s most substantial decision in this play is to punish Antigone for her disobedient act, even if it meant to sentence a family member to his or her death. Worried of how the people of Thebes will judge him, he is being firm with his edict by condemning Antigone to be entombed while still alive as a punishment. However, he has

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