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Antigone Judgment Play Human beings by nature judge both themselves and others Judgment comes through a persons ego telling them that they can have control over a particular situation This desire for control promulgates a false sense of responsibility in essentially uncontrollable situations For example a human feels a responsibility to the dead Humans build mental and physical shrines for the dead They mourn the dead with funerals Most people practice specified burial rituals to ensure a happier afterlife for the deceased These practices are attempts to exert control over a persons death and a persons fate in the afterlife eventhough both natural and supernatural forces are guided by specific rules that are absolute and unavoidable The control judgment and sense of responsibility over a dead persons body is absurd and pretentious Such is the case in Sophocleses play Antigone The play begins with Antigone declaring her ego driven righteousness She declares that she will abandon the man madelaw that states if a man shall assault the gods of the city he will be denied burialBarnet Berman Burto Draya p81 Through the honor and love of her family Antigone will bury her deceased brother Polynecies who died while attacking her city Thebes This action is ego driven to protect her and her families image The action is also superfluous and pretentious Antigone feels that her action is favorable to the gods The problem is that she has been given no direct message from any god stating that her action is in their best interests Antigone simply assumes that she knows what the gods want but she has no right to determine what the gods want Antigone knows this but her ego forces her to abandon this idea and act in her own families interests She is therefore protecting her own image under the guise of honor Antigone even overstates her pos ition of righteousness in front of her sister Ismene Go away Ismene
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