Antigone Character Analysis
2. Eteocles and Polyneices are brothers and appear in the play of Antigone by Sophocles. Polyneices is the next one in line to rule Thebes but with the support from Creon, Eteocles claims the throne for himself. Polyneices then assembles armies from other city-states to attack Thebes and claim his throne, which he almost …show more content…
A vice is a bad habit and a virtue is a good habit. Law keeps us from doing bad by giving us a disincentive for doing bad things, so we want to do good things. Our parents teach us right from wrong and the threat of punishment or the law from mom and dad, kept us from doing bad things. Law can educate us from doing bad things. For an example, the government does want people to smoke, thus making the taxes on cigarettes high. A law can tell us to do good by closing everything on Thanksgiving to give people a chance to celebrate it with their family and loved ones, which is very positive.
Explain the way Aquinas classifies regimes (governments) in On Kingship. Based on Aquinas’s classification, how would you classify Creon’s government in Thebes? Defend your answer with evidence from Antigone.
In On Kingship, Aquinas classifies regimes as either just and for the common good, or unjust and for the private good of the rulers. Within both categories fall ways in which governments can be just for one, few or many. A just government will have a kingship or monarchy for one to rule the common good, an aristocracy for a few to rule and a polity for many to rule the common good. An unjust government will be a tyranny for one person to rule in his own interest, an oligarchy for a few to rule in their own interest and a democracy for many to rule in their own …show more content…
He is unjust in his rulings that are in his own interest. The first thing Creon did in Antigone was declare a harsh but understandable law. He proclaims that while the body of Eteocles will be buried with dignity, the corpse of Polyneices will be left to rot on the field of battle because he is a traitor. Anyone who attempts to honor Polyneices's body with burial will be sentenced to death. He set this law because Polyneices is a traitor. Creon is the play's antagonist; he is an absolute tyrant. His hyper-logical mind refuses to recognize the bonds of familial love that tie Antigone to her brother Polyneices. He rejects the irrational laws of the gods in favor the rational laws of man. He is concerned about himself and what will benefit