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Antigone vs Socrates In the plays Antigone and the Crito the two lead characters Antigone and Socrates showed completely different ideas regarding their responsibilities to the State Antigone believes in divine law and does what she thinks that the Gods would want her to do Socrates on the other hand believes that he owes it to the State to follow their laws whether he thinks they are right or not In Antigone her brother Polynices turned against his own city by attacking his own brother just so he could become king On this day both brothers died One Eteocles was given funeral honors but the other Polynices was not This decision was made by Creon Antigones uncle and the current King of Thebes Creon said He is to have no grave no burial no mourning from anyone it is forbidden Pg 432 l 165 He also announced that anyone who should attempt to bury him would be put to death After hearing this decision Antigone said that Creon couldnt do that and that the Gods would want Polynices to have a proper burial therefore Antigone promised to her sister Ismene that she would be the one to defy Creon and bury her brother and she didnt care if the whole city knew of her plans After being caught in the act she was taken to the palace and when asked by Creon why she did it Knowing the punishment that would come from it she replied by saying that she didnt think Creon had the power to overrule the unwritten laws or the Gods and that there are actually many more citizens who agree with what she did but they were all too afraid to do anything about it It is clear that Antigone follows divine law and has little respect for the laws of the State In the Crito Socrates is approached by his life-long friend Crito while in prison awaiting execution Crito
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