Human Law Vs. Divine Law

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Human Law vs. Divine Law
Morality is principles that determines the distinction between right and wrong action, or good and bad behavior. There is also a link that being moral should be determined by either human law or divine law. The play “Antigone”, by Sophocles, shows the complexity of this certain concept of morality. Antigone must determine whether she should defy King Creon’s law in order to bury her brother, Polynices, or reject her own religious beliefs in order to maintain in the King’s good graces. At the same time, King Creon also has to determine what is right and wrong; he must decide if he should imprison and give the death sentence to Antigone for defying the law, or let her go free because of divine law. The issues shown in “Antigone” further exemplify the complexity of which law is “right” and if Antigone’s and Creon’s actions were justifiable. Should there solely be one person to create law? Or should there be a consideration for people that prefer divine law? According to Katrin Beushausen, “Antigone” was first staged around 442 BCE. It was a time of peace for Athens. Unfortunately, conflict with Sparta would again break out ten years later in the Peloponnesian War. “It is important to realize that, at this point, democracy was not only an ambitious political system under which the life of the Athenian citizens was organized according to the idea of equality, but also represented an ideological instrument of power in Athens 's pursuit of hegemony

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