Power Is The Basis Of All Civilization

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Power is the basis of all civilization; it determines the abilities of a person and who will be on top of the empirical hierarchy. It is characterized by the ability to do or act or having strength. However, with too much power there is greed and a person can end in destruction. This is precisely what happened to Creon in Antigone. He became the ruler of Thebes after the brothers that were supposed to inherit the throne, Eteocles and Polyneices, destroyed each other in war. In gaining the throne, he became corrupt and obsessed with the power he had gained through his title. Therefore, he failed to pay heed to the laws of the Gods and punishes Antigone for not accepting his word as King of Thebes. His obsession with power is what leads to his ultimate downfall. “The unbending and repressive laws of the state take on a much greater responsibility for Antigone’s death than her own destructive drive,” as well as the lives of Creon’s son and wife, Haemon and Eurydice (Verkerk 287). However, throughout this story Antigone shows that with power, anything can be changed and that women can have a right in society. Even though Antigone’s sister Ismene tried to dissuade Antigone from defying Creon by stating, “if we violate the laws and override the fixed decree of the throne, its power—we must be sensible. Remember we are women, we’re not born to contend with men,” she refused to believe that and still buried their brother (Sophocles 658). She uses the power of action to go
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