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Antigone written by Sophocles is a typical Greek tragedy complete with suicide murder and betrayal There are definitely multiple themes to this incredibly famous play However I believe the most pertinent theme is that the laws of God and the laws of man will always differ However other relevant themes include the tyrannical treatment of women against men of power in Greek society and a slightly watered down but also applicable theme would be that sometimes lessons must be learned in the hardest manner The plot of the play is in a typically complicated tragic manner King Creon has condemned Princess Antigone because she went against the kings decree and buried her brother Ploynices Antgione now will be punished by starvation under King Creons decree Antigone however is a passionate strong willed and determined woman We see her put the Gods laws in front of the Kings laws because this she believes is how its supposed to work 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 Polynices She believed that the burial was a religious ceremony and that Creon did not have the right or power to deny Polynices Antigone defies the decree of Creon and does whats right in her heart As the old adage goes blood is thicker than water she feels because its her kin its her duty and honor to allow him to have his burial At first glance the impression that you get of Creon is that hes stern and acts in an ironclad manner Hes ethical and honest to the core however I believe that he is the one who is wrong in this situation Antigone arguably did what was right under both what she believed in and what were Gods rules For a polytheistic society who was so
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