She is proud and stubborn, qualities that make her uncompromising even in the face of adversity.
Yet, others view her as an embodiment of resistance against unjust laws (Humphrey and Edith 23).
These conflicts sometimes escalate to full blown wars.
In the interest of stability and fair treatment before the law, many states have legal provisions separating the church from the state.
Creon, the king of Thebes and Antigone’s uncle, has the duty to protect and enforce the state laws.
Their blood relationship notwithstanding, Creon and Antigone are involved in a protracted conflict over the burial of Polyneices, Antigone’s brother (Sophocles 12).This sets the first stage for a conflict with her uncle.Religion decrees that a dead man ought to be buried in order to save the society against a bad omen.Ultimately, the king succumbs to gods’ laws and ignores the human law.He decides to follow the law of gods albeit too late because he had already lost his son. By the tragedy between Creon and Antigone, Sophocles suggests that the practice of religion should be tempered by reason (Spender 23).In Britain, the church played a leading role in abolition of the slave trade.In South Africa, Bishop Desmond Tutu led his followers to demonstrate against the state perpetrated apartheid.She also wants to uphold the laws of gods, as she fears that failure to do so will attract their wrath against the people. He is afraid that such acts of impunity, as demonstrated by Antigone, will hurt his legacy.Besides, it is the fear that forces him to seek counsel from Teiresias, the blind village priest, on the controversy surrounding the burial of his nephew.In spite of this, Antigone decides to take this path.Creon insists on enforcing the laws of the land that prohibit the burial of traitors.