How can I justfy Antigone as a symbol of blood and family attachment? I need help for making an assignment on Antigone: Symbol of Blood and Family Attachment.

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I would place my focus on the central character for whom the drama is named.  Antigone's loyalty to her family is symbolic of her attachment to her family.  She refuses to accept the law that Creon dictates as it goes against the honor of her family.  She even distances herself from her lover and sister in her zeal towards her family and attachment to it.  Antigone had always possessed a sense of kinship with her family, remaining devoted to her father when others shunned him and honoring the family name when others did not.  Her stance towards the law is unflinching, regardless of consequences.  This focused and harnessed drive toward her family justifies her as a symbol of family attachment. In The Godfather, one of the many great scenes has Sonny, the older brother, telling Michael, the younger one, "Your family ain't your country."  Indeed, Antigone's belief in blood being more precious than nation is something that is demonstrated from the start of the play and continuing towards the end of it.

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