Antigone Personal Response

Loyalty to the state vs. loyalty to family best describes the play Antigone.

First off, one can not fully understand  the pain and experience that led to Antigone had to go through for her to illegally  want to conduct a burial ceremony for her brother Polynices. Before taking sides, we must see both perspectives.

Creon is loyal to the state. He is loyal to Thebes. Antigone is loyal to her family. She is also somewhat loyal to Thebes but the loyalty to her family wins the race by a landslide.

The reason that Creon wanted Polynices body to rot on the earth without a proper burial for him is because Creon has so much pride in Thebes. “These laws— I was not about to break them out of fear of some man’s wounded pride” (Page 82 lines 509-510). This quotation talks about how Creon’s pride in Thebes has been damaged by Antigone’s actions. Even though Polynices had somewhat of a reason to attack the city, Creon ignored that and called him a traitor; and let his body rot on the surface of the earth.

Antigone shows her family pride, and family loyalty by conducting the burial, even with a death penalty if she was caught. I respect her actions but would not do it myself. I would be in despair if I was in the situation but would not conduct the ceremony if there was a death penalty for doing so.

In conclusion, loyalty to the state vs. loyalty to family is the best representation of the play because it is an argument between Antigone, being loyal to her family and Creon, being loyal to Thebes.

7 thoughts on “Antigone Personal Response”

  1. Great job Alex! You have good arguments and really support your claim. I agree in that loyalty to the state vs loyalty to family is the clear representation. 👌🏿

  2. Good response Alex! You gave good arguments and examples for both sides of the statement. I liked that you included your own opinion in the end and absolutely agree with you.

  3. Good job Alex! I like how you used the two different sides to make a strong comparative response. However, I think the quote you included talks more about wounding Creon’s pride as a person rather than wounding the pride of the state (your whole point). Also word 134 is misspelt, you wrote Theses instead of Thebes.

  4. Good job Alex! I liked the points you made and they came across very clearly. You’re word count however I think went slightly over the desired amount. Besides that, I think you made very good use of you’re topic and made good points.

  5. Hi Alex,

    I disagree that the conflict of Antigone is loyalty to the state vs. loyalty to the family. Rather, the conflict in Antigone is actually law of the state vs. law of the gods.
    The whole reason for Antigone conducting a burial for Polyneices is out of devotion for the gods as well as her family. If Antigone didn’t bury Polyneices, he would not have been put to rest in the realm of the dead. In Greek mythology, burial is one of the most sacred duties in respect for the gods and the dead. In modern day, a very, very low percentage of the population still believes in Greek mythology. That being said, other religions with similar beliefs are commonly worshipped. It would make sense that if you don’t have the same beliefs about burial and giving rites that you wouldn’t do same as Antigone (as you mentioned in the second last paragraph).
    This ties into why Antigone is actually about law of the state vs. law of the gods because Antigone is purposely defying Creon because she respects the gods as well as the dead more than Creon (the state).
    Now, you have argued that loyalty the the state vs. loyalty to the family better describes Antigone, however it is hard to grasp from the play itself whether Antigone was actually burying Polyneices for her family or for the gods. Honestly, I think it was a bit of both, but the fact that she performed rites for Polyneices shows how much devotion she really has for the gods despite Creons word.
    I believe both ways could be argued, but all in all, good response.

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