One main theme of the play is Religion vs.
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But in actuality, Creon, not Antigone, is the tragic hero.
It is important to follow the laws of government, but sometimes, when you know that something is morally right, just like Antigone did, one must be able to make that decision, even if it goes against the law....
The main plot of the filmunderlines this theme all the more.
The Story of Antigone takes place in Ancient Greece, about a young woman who has lost her both of her brothers, and is told by her King to not give her brother, Polyneices a proper burial.
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Sophocles Antigone: One Woman Against the State
is, it seems to me, the deepest and most insightfulof the three plays, with also the richest language. Oedipus has come torealize that he is not (totally) to blame for having killed his fatherand for having married his mother, since he did not know either was hisparent, and had no reason to believe they were. But he cannot see thathe has some responsibility for his crimes and subsequent downfall becausehis arrogance and his temper have been driving forces that led to them,and that continue to bring misery to his family. He accepts no responsibilityfor killing a man, simply because he believes it was a justified homicideand because he did not know the man was his father. ("I tell you I haveendured foulest injustice; I have endured wrong undeserved; God knows nothingwas of my choosing.") He praises the loving devotion of his daughter Antigone,while at the same time praying that both his sons be cursed to die by eachothers' hands in the battle for Thebes; and yet it is the fulfillment ofhis curse on his sons which brings about the death of Antigone as she givesthe same loving devotion to them that she gave to him. Moreover, it isthe same hot temper which led him to kill his father, and to put out hisown eyes, which leads him in effect to also kill his sons, though not withhis own hands. "I may be old, but anger does not cool except with deaththat ends all bitterness." (Unfortunately his anger toward his sons doesnot end with his death, and it is not only his life which ends withhis anger. Antigone and the two sons also die because of his, and the sons'anger.) Creon tells Oedipus "...in time you cannot fail to learn that thissame angry temper which besets you, this spite against your friends, hasbeen your ruin always, as it is now." Yet Oedipus does fail to learn this;andthere is a special poignancy to the word "always" in that line, for theruin of Oedipus extends beyond the end of his life.
The Internet Classics Archive | Antigone by Sophocles
Revealed in the play Antigone, the female character is [exposed as a rebellion] awkward against the government; but in the play Apology, a male philosopher is seen as a martyr for his belief in a true justice system.