Theme Of Morality In Antigone

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The universal idea or theme of this story i decided focus on was the theme of morality that is seen throughout the play. There also a use of a few rhetorical devices like symbolism, imagery and irony that add to the overall theme.

Throughout the play morality is talked about. And it seems that death is almost in a sense, acceptable in this society and can even be looked upon as a positive thing. For example, at one point in the play Antigone is happy and excited about the inevitable that is to come after she defy Creon’s edict saying: “I would not welcome such a fellowship.Go thine own way; myself will bury him. How sweet to die in such employ, to rest,--Sister and brother linked in love's embrace--A sinless
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To me no word of thine Is pleasant: God forbid it e'er should please; Nor am I more acceptable to thee. And yet how otherwise had I achieved A name so glorious as by burying A brother? so my townsmen all would say, Where they not gagged by terror, Manifold A king's prerogatives, and not the least That all his acts and all his words are law.” (497-506).

Here we find another reason Antigone is so accepting of her death, she is using death as a way to escape this society, a society that does not respect the divine law of god like she does. She can not convince Creon that burying her brother was the right thing to do and sees that Creon does not have the same respect for divine law as she does so death is her only option to escape this cruel world.

In this play not only is there talk of death and morality but there is also a lot of actual deaths. In the play 3 different people commit suicide including: Antigone, Haimon and Eurdice. Each death was for a different reason. Antigone killed herself to be with her family and to escape this world where divine law is not respected. As a result Haimon(son of Creon and fiance of Antigone) kills himself and finally Eurdice who is the wife of Creon and mother of Haimon kills her self. And even when Creon finds about the deaths of his wife and child, he also talks about his life ending in someway saying: “CREON: Lead me away. I have been rash and foolish. I have killed my son and my wife. 1035 I look for comfort; my comfort lies here dead. Whatever my hands have touched has come to nothing. Fate has brought all my pride to a thought of
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