4# Antigone’s choice, Tradition or Her Life?

Antigone donnant la sépulture à Polynice by Sébastien Norblin
  • Antigone’s decision is about choosing between tradition or death. We could also categorize this as, a choice between protecting the family status or death.
  • Another decision of Antigone is about choosing between a death by herself, or a worse death by somebody else. Inflicting the death upon yourself instead of somebody else could mean keeping the freedom, thus the honor till the last moment. The other rationale could of course be, not to take too much pain.
  • Creon, on the other hand, by forbidding funeral of Polynices, could be seeking to show the people that his category, kingship, is untouchable. If you dare, you get the worst punishment. We need to keep in mind that this is huge, in Ancient Greece, if you don’t get buried, you can’t make it to the underworld, wandering around forever. What could be another possible reason to Creon’s decision? Maybe just an unplanned, hot frustration? Traitor!

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