Who Was Responsible For Antigone's Downfall

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Antigone Essay “There are perhaps many causes worth dying for, but to me certainly there are none with killing for”, Albert Dietrich. Many people who have read Antigone by Sophocles would say Antigone’s tragic death was for a respectable cause. Antigone is determined to do what she believes is right resulting in her downfall. Three reasons why Antigone caused her own downfall is her protection on personal dignity, observance to religious laws, and her loyalty and obligation to family. The first principle Antigone has that she shows throughout the book is protection of personal dignity. She shows this by telling Creon “I shall not envy you”, ( II. 144). She’s happy with herself and wants to be with her family and nothing else, showing she has dignity for herself by not enving anyone. When being question of a civil crime Antigone could have easily lied…show more content…
she shows this principle by saying “But I will bury him; and if I must die, i say that crime is holy: i shall lie down with him in death, and I shall be as dear to him as he is dear to me”, ( VI. 55-58). She feels the need to bury her brother because they’re family and she loves him so it shows how much she would do for them.”Soon I will be with my own again. Where Persephone welcomes the thin ghost underground: And I shall see my father again, and you mother, and dearest Polyneices, ( VI.61-63). Antigone doesn’t fear death because she know if she dies she will be reunited with the family she loves dearly. Then she goes on to say “And if I have to die for this pure crime, I am content , for I shall rest beside him”, (VI.72-74). she believes her crime is “pure” because it’s her brother, so it shows how much she cares about her brother to give him a proper burial whatever the consequences may be. Antigone puts her family first in whatever situation showing how much she feels the need to be obligated to being loyal to

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