Theme Of ' Antigone '

964 Words Apr 5th, 2016 4 Pages
Amer Debis
Professor: Kennedy
ENC 1102
April 12, 2016

Theme In Antigone Sweeping dramas of rival families and of rival family members seeking control of a kingdom are very popular now. One obvious example is Game of Thrones, which continues to break viewership records and also engender controversy. Such sagas, however, are nothing new. Antigone, a play by Sophocles and the sequel to Aeschylus’ Seven Against Thebes, provides an ancient Greek perspective on the themes of power, duty, and law while providing a moral lesson about the consequences of pride and dogmatism. The play begins with the new ruler of Thebes, Creon, decreeing that his brother, Polyneices, who had besieged the city with a foreign army, will not receive a proper burial. Polyneices’ sister, Antigone, who just happens to be engaged to Creon’s son, Haemon, decides to disobey Creon and give her brother a proper burial (Sophocles, 53). Thus, the play highlights the issues with societal dogmatism where both sides are too extremist and unable to compromise (Johnson). Creon’s tyrannical and prideful attitude prove his undoing while Antigone’s rebellious and activist nature causes her early demise. In addition to being a very fine piece of drama, this play, like many other Greek plays, explores more general themes. Antigone’s decision to afford Polyneices a proper burial is clearly an act of civil disobedience. In the play, Creon has stated “there is nothing worse than disobedience to authority”…

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