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Antigone In Ancient Greece life was full of complicated questions centered around the expanding field of science Freedom of religion was encouraged to be exercised in the city-states and man was focused on more than the Gods or heavenly concerns As a result many new ideals and beliefs surfaced These new ideals and beliefs though good in intentions often conflicted with one another and created complex moral dilemmas Such was the case in Sophocles play Antigone that was written in this era In the play Antigone and Creon battle a philosophical war concerning their ideals They both base there actions on what they believe is right and wrong The conflict arose when their ideals that backed up their actions on the burial of Polyneices clashed creating a contradiction between morals Antigones side of the conflict held a much more divine approach as opposed to the mundane path Creon chose to travel Antigone feels that Creon is disregarding the laws of the heavens by ordering it unlawful for anyone to provide a proper burial for her brother Polyneices Antigones opinion is one that supports the Gods and the laws of the heavens Her reasoning is set by her belief that if someone were not given a proper burial that person would not be accepted into heaven Antigone was a very religious person and the acceptance of her brother by the Gods was very important to her Creons order was personal to Antigone and his edict invaded her family life as well as the Gods An important ideal in Ancient Greece was the belief that the government was to have no control in matters concerning religious beliefs In Antigones eyes Creon betrayed that ideal by not allowing her to properly bury her brother Polyneices She believed that the burial was a religious ceremony and Creon did not have the power to deny Polyneices that right Antigones strong beliefs eventually led her to death
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