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Antigone a play of antithethesis and conflict Sophocles Antigone in its later phases is no longer about the conflict of law It is about stubbornness and self will about the sin of refusing to listen about a man who has never been told In Sophocles The Theban Plays conflict of law presents the initial disturbance within Thebes Creon King of Thebes refuses to bury the body of Polynices for in his eyes Polynices is his countrys enemy Thus despite breaking the laws of the gods Creon holds his power higher than that of God and heavens and enforces his law As the story expands Sophocles explores on the ignorance presented by Creon and Antigone In the Theban plays it is found that it is impossible to defeat an ignorant man or woman in argument until they are shown the error of there ways It is this ignorance that establishes the notion of the sin and punishment that both Creon and Antigone face due to their stubbornness and self will Antigone holds her love of family and respect for the dead elevated beyond the laws of Creon whom she believes has no righteous justification to close his eyes to the honor of the deceased In her determination to fulfill Polynices rights she runs directly into Creons attempts to re-establish order This leads to encounters of severe conflict between the dissimilarities of the two creating a situation whereby both Creon and Antigone expose their stubbornness and self will It is Antigones morality which drives her to betray the laws of man in order to honor the laws of God Knowing and comprehending the consequences of defying Creons ruling do not restrain the intensity of Antigones self will yet it feeds her hunger to achieve her principles as demonstrated in their confrontation Antigone p136-142 Losing sight of her future Antigone allows her stubbornness to consume her life taking with it the prospect of marriage
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