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Antigone - Analysis of Greek Ideals- In Ancient Greece new ideals surfaced as answers to lifes complicated questions These new beliefs were centered around the expanding field of science Man was focused on more than the Gods or heavenly concerns A government that was ruled by the people was suggested as opposed to a monarchy that had existed for many years Freedom of religion was encouraged to be exercised in city-states These new ideals though good in intentions often conflicted with each other creating complex moral dilemmas Such was the case in Antigone a play written by Sophocles during this era of change In the play Antigone and Creon battle a philosophical war dealing with the controversy of the Greek ideals They both based their actions on their beliefs of what is right and wrong The conflict arose when the ideals that backed up their actions clashed with each other making it contradiction between morals Antigones side of the conflict held a much more heavenly approach as opposed to the mundane road that Creon chose to follow Antigone feels that Creon is disregarding the laws of heaven through his edict After she is captured and brought to Creon she tells him I do not think your edicts strong enough to overrule the unwritten unalterable laws of God and heaven you being only a man Antigones staunch opinion is one that supports the Gods and the laws of heaven Her reasoning is set by her belief that if someone is not given a proper burial that person would not be accepted into heaven Antigone was a very religious person and acceptance of her brother by the Gods was very important to her She felt that It is against you and me he has made this order
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