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The main theme of Antigone is the moral contradiction between doing good and bad Meaning you can still do bad when doing something good An important ideal in Ancient Greece was the belief that the government was to have no control in matters concerning religious beliefs In Antigones eyes Creon betrayed that ideal by not allowing her to properly bury her brother Eteocles She believed that the burial was a religious ceremony and Creon did not have the power to deny Eteocles that right Antigones strong beliefs eventually led her to her death by the hand of Creon Never though did she stop defending what she thought was right As Creon ordered her to her death Antigone exclaimed I go his prisoner because I honoured those things in which honour truly belongs She is directly humiliating Creon by calling his opinions and decisions weak and unjust She also emphasizes his prisoner which tells us that Creons decision to capture Antigone was his own and was not backed up by the majority of the people She feels that Creon is abusing his power as king and dealing with her task to a personal level Creons actions are guided by the ideal that states Man is the measure of all things The chorus emphasizes this point during the play by stating that There is nothing beyond mans power Creon believes that the good of man comes before the gods Setting the example using Polynices body left unburied is a symbol of Creons belief No man who is his countrys enemy shall call himself my friend This quote shows that leaving the body unburied is done to show respect for Thebes After all how could the ruler of a city-state honor a man who attempted to invade and conquer his city From that perspective Creons actions are completely just and supported by the ideals Though most of Creons reasonings coincide with the Greek ideals one ideal strongly contradicts
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