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Looking at Death through Antigones Eyes- Obey the Gods or the King In Sophocles play Antigone the main character Antigone is faced with a horrible tragedy her two brothers have just died fighting each other and now one of her brothers Polyneices is not given proper burial rights by the king Creon In Greek times when a man dies there is a great deal of respect and praise given and a proper burial is always necessary to support the path to the afterlife When Antigone hears about this lack of respect for her brother we see her side come out She disobeys the king and secretly buries her brother breaking the laws of the polis Why did she break the citys laws In examining death through Antigones eyes it becomes apparent as to why she broke the laws set by Creon to leave Polyneices unburied This examination will prove that obeying the laws of man is secondary to obeying the laws of the gods and that Antigone is very passionate in her views about death In order to explain Antigones feelings about death let us first go over what the whole play Antigone is about The story takes place in Thebes and Antigone is the daughter of Oedipus and Jocasta who are not actually in the play One of Antigones brothers Polyneices left Thebes and went to Argos because when Oedipus died the two brothers Polyneices and Eteocles were too young to rule so they alternated years of ruling At Argos Polyneices gathered an army to attack Thebes so that he could become the only ruler of Thebes During his attack he gets involved in a fight with his brother where they both kill each other The new king after their deaths Creon does not want to give Polyneices a proper burial because of his treachery against the polis which Creon believes is the most important thing of all Creon is
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