Summary On King 's ' The Burial Of Thebes '

1215 Words Oct 27th, 2015 5 Pages
Paola Amezcua
Mr. Serene and Mrs. Seveska
World studies; Purple Block
27, October 2015
King Creon’s way to innocence
When a king is put under rule he is the ruler of the city. But when his city is being overthrown he has to take immediate action to not only protect himself but his city too. When trying to protect your Kingdom you have to go through extreme measures to make sure the well being of your Kingdom is being protected and followed. Breaking the rule of natural law is almost the same as angering the gods. For “ Natural law is a system of right or justice held to be common to all humans and derived from nature rather than from the rules of society, or positive law” ( "Natural Law"). Positive law is relatively different from natural law. It is the accepted moral principle of “God’s law” ( “Positive Law”). The play “The burial of Thebes” explores natural law by revealing a king who tries to protect his kingdom from the attacks of his nephew Polyneices. Since Polyneices went against his own people, his own family, a kingdom that has been built by his father/grandfather, he had no right to be buried especially in the land that he had attacked. King Creon then made a law which states, “Never grants traitors and subversives equal footing with loyal citizens but to honour patriots in life and death” (The Burial At Thebes- A Version Of Sophocles ' Antigone). Antigone knowing that the law was laid down she still went on and buried her brother without King Creon…
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