In the Greek play Antigone writer Sophocles illustrates the clash between the story’s main character Antigone and her powerful uncle, Creon.King Creon of Thebes is an ignorant and oppressive ruler.A few underlying messages of this story is the right of the individual to reject societies infringement on the freedom to perform a personal obligation, and the concept of divine law.
In the text, there is a prevailing theme of rules and order in which Antigone’s standards of divine justice conflict with Creon’s will as the king.
Antigone was not wrong in disobeying Creon, because he was evil and tyrannical.
Antigone states, “he has no right to keep me from my own” (Sophocles, 441 BC, line 48).
Antigone feels that nobody has the right to dictate how she plans to bury her family member.
The body of Polyneices was to not be sanctified by holy rites, but was planned to be left unburied on the battlefield for animals to prey on it.
Antigone, the sister of the two brothers wants to properly bury Polyneices’ body, but in doing so she would by defying king Creon’s edict.
He then wishes to spare Antigone’s sister Ismene and bury Antigone alive in a cave.
To some up the foregoing, in honoring her brother she is performing the role of woman and warrior at once.
She is not only doing what a kinswoman should, and could do, but also what a warrior would do.
Sourvinou-Inwood distinguishes two dominant action plots: mourning and burying.