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Conflicting Values in Antigone In the play Antigone by Sophocles Creon and Antigone have distinct conflicting values Creons regard for the laws of the city cause him to abandon all other beliefs He feels that all should obey the laws made by him even if other beliefs moral or religious state otherwise Antigone on the other hand holds the belief of the gods in high reverence She feels that the laws of the gods should be obeyed above all others especially when in respect to family Creon has a very strong opinion about the laws of the city and the laws that he passes His method of enforcing them is very strict I strongly disagree with Creon and agree with Antigone In Antigone Creon orders that Polynices is not to be buried because of his dishonor towards Thebes Furthermore if anyone is caught burying him they will be killed for disobeying his order Creons harsh punishment on those who disobey the law makes many fear him and dare not go against him One example fear of Creon is Ismenes regard for Creons laws She tries to talk her sister out of burying their brother because of what could happen to her if Creon found out that she went against him Ismene says Think what a death well sic die the worst of all if we violate the laws and override the fixed decree of the throne its power-we must be sensible 1269 Not only do the people of Thebes obey the laws of the city due to fear but also because it is a shame to dishonor the king When Antigone chooses to go against the laws of the city and follow the laws of the gods the towns people support her with their words They state No woman ever deserved death less and such a brutal death for such a glorious action 1285 Antigone considers very strongly about burying her
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