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Antigone In the play Antigone by Sophocles Creon and Antigone have distinct conflicting values Creons regard for the laws of the city causes him to abandon all other beliefs He feels that all should obey the laws set forth by him even if other beliefs moral or religious state otherwise Antigone on the other hand holds the beliefs of the gods in high reverence She feels that the laws of the gods should be obeyed above all others especially when in respect to family Creons patriotic values clash with Antigones ethical values to make conflicting roles Creon has a very strong opinion about the laws of the city and the laws passed by him His method of enforcing them is very strict He orders that Polyneices will not be buried because of his dishonor towards Thebes Furthermore if anyone is caught burying him they will be killed for disobeying his order Polyneices is Antigones brother He is being punished because he attacked Thebes and betrayed Creon and the people of Thebes Creons harsh punishment on those who disobey the law makes many fear him and dare not to go against him One example is Ismenes regard for Creons laws Ismene tries to talk her sister out of burying her brother because of what could happen to her if Creon found out that she went against him Ismene says We must obey themI yield to those who have authority64 68 Not only do the people of Thebes obey the laws of the city because of their fear but because it is a shame to dishonor the king If we defy the Kings prerogative and break the law our death will be more shameful even than theirs 58-61
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