Hon Humanities I
Antigone: How her dilemma compares in today’s society
The protagonist in Antigone is a princess in the city of Thebes. Antigone goes against the
king's authority to do what she believes is right. Antigone is a bold and stubborn character who
had to choose between what she felt was right and what the law of the state said was
right. A law that was made by the king stated that if any person was to attack against the city he
or she would not have a proper burial but would be left whereever he or she was killed.
Antigone's brothers killed each other in a fight for the throne. One received a proper burial
because he was the current king and the other was left in the middle of the city to rot and to be
eaten by the birds. Antigone wanted to bury her brother. According her beliefs this would be the
right thing to do. Antigone was motivated by her personal beliefs. Antigone had a dilemma, had
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Her motivation was strong enough that she was willing to risk
Antigone's motivation was clear. She chose to make a sacrifice to uphold her personal
beliefs. Her belief was that all men deserved to be buried. She did not care about breaking a law
to give her brother what she felt he deserved. She believed he was not only disrespected, but his
soul would never rest without a burial. The people in the city of Thebes believed that the law of
the gods was that if a person was not given a proper burial, his or her soul would not go to
heaven. Antigone did not want this to happen to a family member, even if he made an attack on
the city. With this as her motivation, Antigone decided to break Creon's law and bury her
brother. Examples of sacrifice can still be seen in modern society.
Antigone is not a literary anomaly. In modern society, people are still likely to sacrifice
personal safety or disregard society's law for something they believe in. This can be shown by
people looting for food in the areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina. According to The Houston
Chronicle, if people hadn't stolen food, families would have gone hungry. Looters broke society's
laws in order to uphold beliefs that their families were more important than obeying the law.
Another example is shown by mothers. According to The Advertiser, some mothers sacrifice
time for sleeping, showering, and eating to spend quality time with their children. They believe
this is the right thing to do even though it may be detrimental to ones well being.
With a very tough dilemma, Antigone stuck to her decision to bury her brother knowing
that this could cause her death. Many people today would make sacrifices for a loved one, even
if it meant giving up personal safety or breaking a law. Antigone felt she was making a good
decision and that the gods would think she did the right thing. The burial of Antigone's brother
was more important to her than life. Antigone had a dilemma, had motivation to do what she felt
was the right thing to do, and sacrifices of life and law are still being made by people today.