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In Sophocles Antigone the primary focus is on the concept of the individual versus the laws of authority within society In Antigone the reader is challenged by the various conflicting morals that are presented Antigones predicament is one related to moral principles She must decide whether or not she must act based on what she believes to be right or submit to the authority of her king Throughout this play Sophocles brings up the issue in question the value of an individuals beliefs above societys laws He develops for us the character of Antigone who must discover the true meaning of honor by choosing between divine law and laws of her city state In Ancient Greece after 800 BC new ideas came to the forefront concerning the governing of society These ideas led to the development of the city states large self governing towns These city states were founded on the principles of freedom optimism secularism rationalism and the glorification of the body and mind Accompanying these principles was an obligation of fierce loyalty to the city state and a willingness to shed blood on its behalf Within this atmosphere of extreme loyalty freedom was only enjoyed with the assumption that when the time came every able bodied man would be willing to fight for his people Indeed political leaders and local authority figures were usually heroes of war Creon the king in Antigone states that Alive or dead the faithful servant of his country shall be rewarded This statement exemplifies the values within Greek culture As the dictator of Thebes Creon simply wants to enforce these values of loyalty He sets the standard of his reign and makes a public example of Polyneices by not allowing anyone to give him a proper burial Polyneices is considered an enemy of the state and Creon cannot allow any traitor to be honored especially in death In one of his first orations as king Creon says
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