Antigone: Defender of Greek Values Analytical Essay by Top Papers

Antigone: Defender of Greek Values
A look at why Antigone, and not Creon, occupies the high ground in Sophocles' great tragedy "Antigone".
# 135481 | 1,250 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2007 in Literature (Greek and Roman) , Drama and Theater (Greek and Roman)


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The paper looks at Sophocles' "Antigone", and outlines how Aristotle (at least the Aristotle of Book 5 of the Nicomachean Ethics) and Thomas of Aquinas - at least as he articulated his views in "Concerning the Nature of Law" - would have perceived the motivations, actions and arguments of Creon and Antigone as they fought over whether or not the slain Polynice should have his body buried in accordance with conventional religious principles. The paper begins by looking at the selfish motivations which appear to guide Creon's directive and then turns to Antigone's own motivations. From there, the paper returns to look again at Creon's conduct with an eye towards revealing some of the subtle factors which might offer some plausible justifications for his behavior. In the end, though, the paper asserts the injustice of his actions and compares his irrational and vengeful conduct to the selflessness, religiously-motivated, rational and courageous actions of Antigone. In the final analysis, the paper concludes that she is the stalwart defender of Greek values upholding the divinity of natural law and he is not.

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"The following paper will look at Sophocles' "Antigone", and outline how Aristotle (at least the Aristotle of Book 5 of the Nicomachean Ethics) and Thomas of Aquinas - at least as he articulated his views in "Concerning the Nature of Law" - would have perceived the motivations, actions and arguments of Creon and Antigone as they fought over whether or not the slain Polynice should have his body buried in accordance with conventional religious principles. The paper will begin by looking at the selfish motivations which appear to guide Creon's directive and will then turn to..."

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