God's Law vs. Man's law:
- Antigone rebelled against Creon's law in order to fulfill man's law
- "you could outrun those laws that are the gods', unwritten and unshakable" (Sophocles 38).
- God's law is eternal constant, man's law is ever-changing (political power, social upheaval)
fate vs. Free will
- The book points to fate always prevailing over free will. Is the end already determined or can our choices impact the ending?
- Creon: "I know it too and it perplexes me. To yield is grievous, but the obstinate soul that fights with Fate, is smitten grievously" (Sophocles 1095-1099).
- The god's influence Greek mythology
INDIVIDUAL VS. SOCIETY
- Expectations to conform despite spiritual consequences and personal convictions
- Ismene: "I don't disonor him [gods]; but it's impossible for me by nature to defy the citizens" (Sophocles 78-79).
- Groupthink: Safety in numbers, affirm beliefs, follow despite lack of passion.
- Chorus: Changing wills of society
The human condition:
- You fight for what you're most passionate about.
- Creon- his belief was that his law was more important than the god's. Excessive pride and self confidence (hubris)
- Antigone- honoring her brother
- Character similarities between President Snow and Creon, Katniss and Antigone, chorus and Districts.
- Relation to module themes:
- Individual vs. society, fate vs. free will, human condition.
- If Antigone's burial of her brother had caused significant harm to society but upheld her personal values, would her choice have been justified?
- How important is conflict in pursuit of the good life? At what point does fighting for the good life prevent you from attaining it?