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In Sophocles' famous drama Antigone, Creon issued the decree forbidding the burial of Polynices. Antigone rejects Creon's decree. Whose argument do you find more convincing and why?

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Antigone by Sophocles is set in ancient Greece, a place known as the birthplace of democracy but a place which also reveres the gods. It is a fitting setting for this play, as the primary conflict of the play is between natural law and man's law.

Antigone argues for natural law, what she calls "the laws of the gods." She believes she must disobey the law of man if it comes into direct conflict with this higher law. For Antigone, this means that she must disobey Creon's edict and go bury her brother. She knows the consequences but feels as if her brother's eternal destiny is more important than any man-made law.

Creon, of course, argues the opposite: that the law of the land supersedes any other form of law. There is a consistency to his position, as no one will get to pick and choose the laws he (or she) will or will not obey; however, there is also a stubbornness to it which suggests that Creon simply does not want his will to be crossed.

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