The Vs. Human Law

1160 Words Oct 9th, 2015 5 Pages
Jazmin Rivera
When can we refuse human law?
If you were told you could not bury your sibling and you believed this would not only keep them from your equivalent of heaven – but would also condemn you for abstaining from a sacred duty, what would you do? Does human law demand precedence over divine law or vice versa? Divine laws according to Antigone stem from our deity or faith, these laws are more unspoken and were not “made now or yesterday. They live for all time” (457). Human laws rely on one’s government, and generally are meant to create order and enforce ethics within a society (as deduced by both Antigone and Crito). I believe Socrates and Antigone represent similar philosophical positions when it comes to how one should react when dealing with divine and human law discrepancies. We can see the similarities between both Antigone and Socrates by discussing how they individually respond to being convicted of their crimes, and how they accept their fates. We can then try to compare them.
In Antigone a law is made where she (or anyone for that matter) is not allowed to bury the body of her brother and anyone who breaks this law will be put to death. This quickly causes a conflict between human law and divine law for Antigone. Burying her brother is part of her divine role as a woman and is necessary for the progression of her brother’s spirit. So if Antigone decides to go ahead and break the law and buries her brother she will be put to death, but if she doesn’t break…

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