Antigone Themes

  • Antigone teaches us that every action has its consequence: Antigone seals her fate by burying Polynices, Ismene’s refusal to help Antigone shatters their relationship, and Creon’s choice to ignore Haemon and Teiresias leads to the suicide of his son and wife.

  • Tradition compels Antigone to fulfill her duty to bury her dead brother. Creon angers the gods by putting his own laws ahead of their own.

  • The conflict between family and the state is demonstrated by Antigone choosing loyalty to her brothers over obedience to Creon. Conversely, Creon prioritizes the needs of the state over the needs of his family.

Themes

Thematic Overview
Antigone was written over two thousand years ago, in a land that is still considered the birthplace of...

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