Lecture 2 Outline: Antigone
A. Conflict b/w Creon & Antigone: many dimensions:
1. Family ties (private) vs Political ties
- This conflict is strengthened in the play since Creon is aAntigone’s uncle which
therefore mixes the cities politics will family business and conflicts.
-Antigone is as well seen mixing conflicts with politics and family as is is
supposed to marry the son of her uncle who is the ruler of the lands
-There is as well a family conflict regarding policies between Antigone and her
Sister. Antigone wants to rebels against the city’s unjust politics set by her uncle
while her sister wants to remain true to the laws and orders
2. Woman vs Man
-“We are only women” Antigone’s sister
-There is a conflict between Antigone and her sister regarding the role of women
in their society and politics. Her sister thinks women should do as they are told
and not confront politics as she thinks it is a mans job to do that. Antigone
thinks women can confront politics and laws as much as anyone else can.
-Creon has the same view as Antigone’s sister as he thinks “no women sell rule”
making a statement that he does not believe in giving power to women.
-There is a conflict between Antigone and Creon about this subject because he
faces Antigone’s challenge against that law and as well, the fact that a women is
challenging him, he takes it as a direct attack towards his manly hood and his
position as a man.
-This portrays the reoccurring theme of private and public mixed together in
3. Individual (conscience) vs State
- One important aspect of the individual versus the state in this play is Creon’s
perception that anyone’s highest level of dedication should be towards the state
and not towards ourselves or someone else. He follow the thought that without this
dedication, there would be chaos and no civil order
4. Religious Duties vs Political Duties
-On one side, Antigone bases her actions against politics and steers toward
religion and the divine laws. Creon thinks otherwise.
-She thinks that there are political duties but religious and moral duties have the
upper hand when making a decision
-In that case there is a clear distinction between immoral and illegal actions.