Antigone Response

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Antigone Response

"In his pride the wicked man does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God."

Psalm 10:4

In the Greek drama, "Antigone", written by Sophocles in 442 BC, a blind prophet named Teiresias tried to change the stubborn mind of Creon, the king of Thebes. Creon was determined to punish his deceased son, Polyneices, for being a traitor to the kingdom by not giving his body a proper burial. Teiresias tried to teach Creon otherwise. Creon always listened to the wise teachings of Teiresias, but after listening intently to the words that he spoke, Creon began to believe that Teiresias was against him, and that someone was bribing Teiresias to spread lies. After a bit of arguing back and forth, Creon began to believe that his pride got in the way of God's truth, and that he should forgive those who he wronged. All throughout the book, Creon is the perfect person to show how that "pride is the only crime". There are three ways in which I can prove that this quote is ideal for someone dealing with arrogance: by using the play itself, real life situations, and most importantly through God's own Word.

When Teiresias is in conversation with Creon, he makes little error in explaining that Creon was making a big mistake in not burying the body of Polyneices. He points out that Creon is using his own arrogance to rule his kingdom. Creon doesn’t realize the fact that honoring the dead in that culture was more important than remembering him as a traitor. Punishing Antigone for performing the burial ritual against Creon’s wishes was a mistake. Creon needed to look past his selfishness and allow the burial to take place, for back in that era it was disrespectful to the family if the body of a loved one was not properly buried. After Creon realized the damage he had done, he tried to undo what chaos his stubbornness had created, but it was too late. The people who were affected the most had either died or deserted him, leaving him to blame...
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