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Acts of Loyalty in Antigone

5 Pages 1176 Words February 2018

Loyalty among people or things can cause ones suffering. The play Antigone by Sophocles clearly shows us how this can occur. In the play, a young girl is punished by her uncle Creon who is King because she buries her brother’s corpse. The brother was viewed as a traitor and the King made a law to not bury him. Antigone goes against her uncle and ends up being punished for her actions and later on dies. The king was blinded by his foolishness because of his pride, which later causes the death of his own son and wife. This leaves Creon realizing his stubborn and foolish behavior has caused the death of another.
The play Antigone starts off when Antigone tells her sister, Ismene that she wants to bury their brother Polynices. This shows Antigone’s loyalty to her brother and to the god’s law of burying the dead. Sadly, Ismene says, “I beg the dead to forgive me, but I am helpless.” (Scene 2. 49) . Ismene exclaimed that she didn’t want to get involved in helping her sister bury their brother due to the fact of being scared of Creon’s insolent law he created, spreading the word that no one shall bury Polynices for he is a traitor, and if someone does they shall be punished by being stoned. This shows a foil between both sisters on how different they are when handling life or death situations. Unlike Antigone who is brave Ismene becomes a coward at the thought of being killed. Once again this shows how loyal Antigone is and how she doesn’t think about the fact that she could be killed in the process of doing such an action.
However, the Sentry soon comes to the king and tells him what he has seen with the other men. The Sentry claims that someone has buried Polynices not fully but just enough to know that someone wants to put Polynices soul at rest, but then Creon believes that the Sentry must have done this shameful act since he is the one coming forth to discuss the situation. The Sentry says, “How dreadful is it when the...

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