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In many respects Sophocles explains the meaning of Greek justice in Antigone On the surface we see Antigone as a conflict between divine law and mans law Antigone is the believer in divine law and Creon is the believer in mans law Sophocles could have suggested one character as morally superiority over the other However Sophocles shows us how justice is equally mitigated to Antigone and Creon In presocratic Greece Justice will equally apply herself to both and favor no one While rulers demanded social justice from lawbreakers like Antigone the Gods also demanded justice from the rulers like Creon Justice equally applied herself to the poor and the mighty in presocratic Greece Creon and Antigone are the main characters whose inability to listen to reason is their fatal flaw Creon is a new leader and feels the need to assert his authority This makes him willing to break divine law Furthermore Antigones zealot nature forces her to break mans law So we see the unwillingness to reason corrupt the minds of people with the best of intentions Justice will balance the right with wrong and equally apply herself to Creon and AntigoneCreon begins his rule as an honorable man 200-210 For the good of his country and all his countrymen he will make an example of Antigones brother Polynices Polynices was a traitor to his country and tried to destroy it Antigone steadfast in her religious beliefs is determined to bury her brother and defy the orders of Creon We begin to get a glimpse of Creons inability to listen to reason when he meets the sentry Creon accuses the sentry of conspiring to assist Antigone bury Polynices body 350-361 Creons accusations against the guard are unfounded unreasonable and unjust Creon also shows himself unwilling to compromise Creons traits are juxtaposed to Antigones inability to see her brother as a traitor and perhaps deserving of some punishment Antigone is not interested in persuading Creon
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