Essay about Unbreakable Antigone

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In the play Antigone, the character Antigone, chooses to obey the laws of the God's rather than the laws of man. Antigone risks everything, including her life, but her convictions are unwavering. Antigone's beliefs were never conflicted. From the beginning of the play, the reader sees a steadfast woman, when Antigone tries to persuade Ismene to help bury Polynices. "Will you lift up his body with these bare hands / and lower it with me?" (52-53). Antigone is fully aware of the consequences (37-43) for such an action. Greek custom demands burial of a body and failure to comply risks retribution from the Gods. Antigone's allegiance to the Gods compels her to act and gain their favor. "I have longer / to…show more content…
/ Never again, the law forbids me to see / the sacred eye of day. I am agony! / No tears for the destiny that's mine, / no loved one mourns my death (963-969) Antigone believes she failed to procure the chorus' acceptance, because the chorus' last words spoken to Antigone are that of reproach. "Your own blind will, your passion has destroyed you" (962). Antigone goes to her grave a broken woman and in her mind, forever stigmatized as the wretched child of a vile father (420). However, Antigone receives some redemption, in the chorus' eyes, when she is lead away to be executed. Danaë, Danaë-- / even she endured a fate like yours, / in all her lovely strength she traded / the light of day for the bolted brazen vault-- / buried within her tomb, her bridal-chamber, / wed to the yoke and broken (1035-1040). This is a complete reversal by the chorus of elders. Only the spectacle of a bound, captive Antigone augments the reality of her imminent demise, and moves the chorus of elders to compassion rather than scorn. Antigone has no love for Creon. The king's laws clash with Antigone's unbreakable determination to honor the laws of the Gods. Antigone clearly fears the Gods rather than the King. "These laws--I was not about to break them / not out of fear of some man's wounded pride, / and face the
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