What is the nature of rebellion in Antigone?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Rebellion is shown to be something that resides in the most basic expressions of one's state of being in the world.  Sophocles, through Antigone as a character, shows how individuals must act upon the rebellion that they feel is essential to express.  Antigone is committed to her rebellious actions from the start of the drama all the way through its very end.  She never wavers.  Rebellion is shown to be something that requires acting.  It cannot be deferred or put aside.  When the individual feels that there is a need to rebel against that which is wrong or unjust, this feeling is shown to be something that cannot be silenced.  Antigone's characterization is one committed to her notions of justice and the ideals that are a part of her character.  At the same time, she does not feel that rebellion is something to be suppressed or silenced.  It is for this reason that she does not acquiesce when her sister begs her to stop.  Antigone also does not relent even through she understands how Creon's son, her lover, is going to be destroyed by her need to rebel against that which is wrong.  It is also for this reason that Creon recognizes that there is a zeal and intensity to her rebellion that refuses to desist.  Rebellion is shown to be an individual sensation that compels individuals to act, galvanizing them to ends that might lie in direct opposition with the status quo.