Conflict of Loyalty
From reading Antigone, loyalty comes in all different forms. One is how Antigone expressed her loyalty to family by giving her brother, Polynices, a proper bruial; even though she wasn't being loyal to the rules of Creon, king of Thebes. Humans are faced with basic conflicts of loyalties—to state, religion, and family. Personal happiness is another powerful and legitimate pull. But perfect balance among these compelling factors is impossible; hence suffering is inevitable. In this play, loyalty expresses through Antigone's eyes with respect to the family, as she showed devotion to them, by giving her brother a proper burial.
Being able to balance happiness and loyalty is definitely something that is impossible. Antigone knew that trying to keep the state and king happy she would have to go against burying her brother, but if she wanted to stay loyal to her family then of course she would have to give Polynices a proper burial. She decided to sides with her loyalty to her state and family. She states, “I'll bury him myself. And even if I die in the act, that death will be a glory” (85-86). Antigone not only was able to be loyal to her family but it brought her happiness even though in the end she was punished for it. She was a very proud and unselfish woman, she didn't care that she would be left somewhere to die alone, all that mattered was her brother got the proper burial. Making such a huge decision to sacrifice her life and be disrespectful to her state wasn't something that made really phased her, for the fact she was choosing her loyalty to her family as her first priority. Making a personal choice to bring happiness may not always work out for the best in the end, but as long as the choice the person has made is something that they can live with the rest of their life then they are being loyal and true to themselves.
Creon, the king of Thebes, only shows how he is selfish and shows loyalty to himself along with the state. He...
Cited: Sophocles. Antigone. Making Literature Matter: An Anthology for Readers and Writers.
5th ed. Ed. John Schilb and John Clifford. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2012. 1309-1348.
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