Antigone is a tragic play with many characters differing in morals and behavioral patterns. All of the main characters have different sets of moral principles they adhere to allowing differing interpretations of their behaviors by the reader.
From the very beginning of the story, the conflict is laid out to the reader between Antigone and Creon. From the outset of the play, Antigone knows what she must do, shown by this quote made by her early on in the play. “I intend to give my brother burial. I’ll be glad to die in the attempt. If it’s a crime, then it’s a crime that God commands.” She’s basically saying that she’s going to bury her brother and if she’s punished for it, she’ll at least know in her heart that it was the right thing to do, and will have no regrets. She makes this clear to Ismene in the first act, where she tells Ismene of her plan and asks for her help. When she refuses to aid in her task, the quote above is said and Antigone goes to bury her brother alone, against Creon’s rules. This situation is important to Antigone’s overall character because it shows that she’s determined and headstrong, and that she’s not afraid to do what she believes in when she’s aware of the consequences. This is one reason why Antigone is more admirable than any of the other characters in story.
Even though the main conflict in the story is whether or not Antigone should be allowed to bury her brother, the root of the problem is the completely opposite morals of the Antigone and Creon. Antigone believed that she is obeying the laws of the Gods which supersede all other laws by burying her brother. She refuses to recognize the laws of men if it contradicts with the will of the Gods. This is why she boldly admits to her supposed crime when confronted by Creon, as she believed that she has done nothing wrong. In the eyes of the Gods, and to many in the population, she is a loyal servant doing what must be done. She is fully aware of the...
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