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The Effect of Ethics In the play Antigone by Sophocles the king Creon after just coming into power due to death of the previous king has some trouble getting people to follow his laws Creon bases his laws on his personal ethics and traditions Everyone has different ethics because Creon uses his as a basis for his law people are very critical of them Creon bases his laws on his own ethics and refuses to take the advice of the state as he believes that he as ruler is superior When he is talking to the Leader of the chorus about Polynices burial he states These are my principles Never at my hands will the traitor be honored above the patriot p 68 lines 232-33 While saying this he is blatantly stating that his principals guide him He first defines his principals then he says that he will never go against them and that he will not tolerate anyone else going against him either For others to honor a traitor in Creons eyes would be traitorous in its own rite because he is not now being honored as a king should Creon would view a traitor honored as an attack on his absolute power Creon shows that he thinks he is the definitive power when he is talking to Haemon telling him that he will not be allowed to marry Antigone When Haemon objects Creon defends himself by saying Show me the man who rules his household well Ill show you someone fit to rule the stateBut whoever steps out of line violates the laws or presumes to hand out orders to his superiors hell win no praise from me But that man the city places in authority his orders must be obeyed large and small right and wrong p94 lines 739-51 Creon seems to believe that being a good head of
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