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Civil Law vs Moral law In Sophocles play Antigone Antigones life is taken from her because of her choice to follow the moral law by burying her brother and disobeying the civil law which forbid this According to the gods everyone is entitled to the proper burial Everyone has a right to be put to peace upon his or her death Creon enforced an edict the civil law that Polyneices is not entitled to a proper burial because he is considered a traitor of Thebes p199 Creon felt that if a person acted against the state he or she loses the right to be buried and put to rest in peace Antigone made the decision to bury her brother Polyneices even though it was against Creons edict She had chosen to do what is right according to the gods and bury her brother The laws of the gods were more important to her then obey the law of the humans Because she made the moral choice of siding with the gods Creon the king sentenced her to death She knew of this punishment before making her decision but she felt overwhelmed that burying her brother was the moral and righteous thing to do She was willing to die for her brother p209 When Antigone and Creon have the confrontation Antigone tells Creon that heavens laws are more powerful than Creons laws Antigone reminds Creon that it is not the place of a mortal to question or amend the divine law under no circumstances Antigone tells Creon that she has no sorrow for what she done nor will she back down Creon views the laws of the state as the highest laws in existence He is ignoring the divine laws which are higher than any law that is created by man Creon commits the sin of blasphemy by claiming that the gods do not give a damn about Polyneices body p 203 Creon believes that
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