In Sophocles's Antigone, what evidence is there that Creon's decree is either just or unjust?
Throughout the play, Creon is assailed from all sides for his stubborn insistence on leaving Polyneice's body unburied. And while none of the opposition he encounters constitutes incontrovertible evidence of the unjust nature of his edict, it does suggest quite strongly that Creon is very much in the wrong.
There is clearly a higher justice at work here, not just in the defiance of Antigone but also in the stern warnings of Tiresias, not to mention the criticism leveled at Creon by the Chorus and by his own son, Haemon. Everyone seems to recognize that law and justice are not necessarily synonymous—everyone except Creon, that is. He stubbornly insists, through his words and his deeds, that justice is nothing more than a strictly legal concept. And, as he is effectively the law in...
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