Antigone

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Severino DePina
Final Written Analysis
World Humanities
Camarco

Antigone
In the play Antigone by Sophocles, Antigone is to blame for her own death. She is to blame because of her obsessive hubris, non- apologetic behavior, and denial of nothing which ultimately lead to her own demise.

One reason Antigone is to blame for her own death is because of her obsessive hubris. Hubris which means excessive pride was shown throughout the whole story from many different characters, Antigone being one of them. In the beginning of Antigone Creon the ruler made a proclamation the Polynecies, Antigone’s brother was not allowed to have an honorable burial. He was to be left out in the open where animals could do as they wish to him. Since he is the ruler, he assumed no MAN would ever go against his final ruling. When he found out that he was properly buried he was flabbergasted. On page 704 Creon states “ I swear by god and by the throne of God the man who has done this thing shall pay for it” This shows dramatic irony because in the prologue we as the audience find out that Antigone buried her brother, but Creon keeps referring to the culprit as “man”. When it is finally brought to his attention that a woman has done this she is questioned. As she stood with her head hanging she takes pride in what she did. “I dared it was not gods proclamation that final justice that rules the world below makes no such laws. Your edict, king. Was strong, but all your strength is weakness itself against the immortal unrecorded laws of God.” (Antigone, 708) This of course made Creon very mad because he expects everyone to show loyalty to the state not the family but in simpler terms to him and when that is defied in a way it picks at his confidence which in returns comes with a punishment. Showing this loyalty especially to a man who committed a crime would especially not be tolerated with him. Another reason Antigone is to blame for her own death is because of her non- apologetic...
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