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Behind The Mind of Antigone In Antigone by Sophocles two characters go to the extreme in standing behind their beliefs Unfortunately going to the extreme can lead to costly and tragic mistakes Antigone discovers this first hand when fate takes its ultimate toll Antigone like many people has hundreds of traits that define her character These traits decide her fate and push her towards certain doom However only two of her traits are major factors in deciding Antigones fate Her loyalty and respect for others though normally admirable are her main character flaws because they drive her to certain death Antigone has strong bonds to her family which was not unheard of in ancient Greece However Antigones family is dead except for Ismene and her uncle Creon Moreover Creon and Antigone are locked in an emotional battle over what they perceive as right and wrong Antigone believes her loyalty to Polyneices and the gods is more important than obeying Creons laws but Polyneices who fought as bravely and died as miserably - they say that Creon has sworn no one shall bury him no one mourn for him Prologue 17-20 1022 In this passage the reader see that Antigone is questioning Creons ideals and his laws but I will bury him and if I must die I say this crime is holy I shall lie down with him in death Prologue 55-561023 Antigone shows her loyalty to Polyneices with her words but she also shows her loyalty to the Gods by saying I will bury him And this crime is holy The reason this shows her loyalty is because during ancient times to bury the corpse was a holy act and if a person did not bury the corpse you would be defying the Gods and dooming the persons soul to wander the world Antigones loyalty and respect for both the gods and Polyneices go hand in hand However her loyalty is shown
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