The Importance Of Slavery In Antigone

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Slavery can take many forms and shapes. The most common example was slavery in the United States. However, slavery can also be described in a more personal sense. A person can be a slave to his or her own emotions, passions, and certainly choices. Slavery has many different forms but all forms have costs. Some are greater than others. One cost of slavery is a loss of freedom. Loss of freedom happens not only to those physically enslaved, but, also to those that enslave themselves. Slavery can be found throughout all of history, but all forms stem from the same foundation. The foundation for the cause of slavery is self-interest and a lack of true freedom. In Antigone by Sophocles, Creon is a new ruler who is trying to establish himself. He stands for the state and wants to protect it before anything else. He proclaims, “No man can be fully known, in soul and spirit and mind, until he has been seen versed in rule and lawgiving …such are the rules by which I guard the city’s greatness” (Sophocles 121). When he comes to the decision to forbid Polyneices burial due to his betrayal of the state, Creon is sending a message that everyone should obey the state. The penalty for disobedience was death. However, Creon’s decision was built on pride, his own self-interest, and against what he knew to be the humane action of burying the dead. His own words proclaim as much after finding out his son had died. “Woe for the sins of a darkened soul, stubborn sins, fraught
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