Sophocles' "Antigone", Aristotle and Aquinas Analytical Essay by Top Papers

Sophocles' "Antigone", Aristotle and Aquinas
An analysis of Sophocles' play "Antigone" in relation to Aristotle and Aquinas.
# 135508 | 1,250 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2007 in Philosophy (Ancient Greek) , Drama and Theater (Greek and Roman)

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This paper refers to Sophocles' "Antigone" to indicate Aristotle's warning on law as something different from justice. The paper describes how St. Thomas Aquinas was inspired by the thought of Aristotle and urged thinking that included a divine ideal in terms of how a situation should be judged, aware that mere law could not create justice.

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"Sophocles's tragedy, "Antigone", was first produced after Aristotle had died. However, the reader knows that Aristotle would have liked the play. It attends to questions of what is right and just in terms of law and morality, but also, more human ideas of what justice is. Creon, as the ruler of Thebes, forbids a proper funeral for Polynices for he sees him as having betrayed Thebes. Antigone, the sister of Polynices, however, is determined that he shall have a funeral because he was her brother. As a person who has left the world, he is entitled to a funeral..."

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