• Travis Ryan


Updated: May 15, 2020

Question one: what is the account of “natural law “being provided here by Antigone? Shouldn’t human or a positive law be modeled on a natural or divine law? If so, how can we know what the latter is according to his side; according to Sophocles? Since the conflict in Sophocles is strongly gendered, what sense if any can we make of that? Antigone is denying That any sort of law can over powered the gods such that “beneath the earth”, There are unwritten laws of justice and reason that mortals cannot abandon. Given that she is justifying the guards to be the ruler of all things, she assumes that the God’s authority should be unquestionable as naturally asserted by mortals. This follows that the will of God stands alone. Natural and divine law do not stand alone from positive Law. As being independent of the inherent will of men, Antigone says that “unshakable traditions are alive, not just today or yesterday, they live forever”, asserting That with or without Will and reason of man, we cannot change the will of the gods. To begin, natural law and positive law are manifestations of divine law. Whether or not man use reason, (such that whatever “edict” That Antigone proclaims) , To act or having human made laws to justify our actions, (“not just today or yesterday”) positive law designates law to a certain place, finding us mortals to a higher being (the gods). Moreover, according to his Lloyd, all natural things plants and animals have no law; but for man, we have a lot of the “right” from Kronos, and by following the “law of justice”, we will live in happiness—such that “prosperity” indicates happiness. In contrast to man made law where in reason is applied to an unwritten law to justify the will of man, but find law of which has your dad proclaims according to Zeus, that God is infinite, even if plants and animals have to natural law themselves. To continue, Sophocles leans toward tradition and “the great unwritten” that seems to Keynote and unchanging reason that man has, therefore suggesting that natural law is unwavering, As different from fluctuation, instability, and ultimately, human emotive. To conclude the gods ultimately our eternal as proclaimed by Antigone, has your hood and Sophocles, they are unwavering similar to reason producing both human law and natural law to follow. Both Antigone and Sophocles per claim that no matter what mortals used to justify a reason or their common law, the gods are the ultimate authority and of whom give us or take us away (Happiness). Question two: translate these final utterances into a “thesis” and then show using lots of textual evidence how the author has made the case for the thesis found in the conclusion. The first interpret as an introduction, by having Moral integrity, one is never at fault or doomed to failure if they are diligent in their life as first Hesiod says in Works and Days. As for Antigone being the definition in itself to be unhappiness, she grapples at what actually defines the kernel or what develops happiness. By saying that “the mighty words of the proud are paid in full”, she proposes first, that one must learned through the abandonment or loss of pride and secondly, the practical knowledge is the most important part of happiness. To begin, as she says “the reference to word the gods must be safeguarded”, Antigone essentially defines human pride, as one should keep one’s own Wisdom close and Dear to one’s own convictions in order to respect one south, the refereeing the guards. To do this, one Gaines knowledge through a sort of sacrifice of pride. In other words one must suffer the “mighty blows of faith” to gain knowledge. Furthermore, because she asserts that wisdom is happiness; whoever is at fault for instants may surpass the one who has too much pride following that they will never fail. The author uses the word “faith” in context of what the gods bestow on man. In conclusion, as Antigone’s name means happiness, in this context it may also suggested me her pride in failure. But, she excepts this “faith” as inevitable, and that if failure or loss of pride is inevitable, it is also binding that knowledge is the only thing that can be gained, that’s producing one’s happiness “these blows will teach us wisdom”… “Wisdom is by far the greatest part of joy”. The latter part using the word “joy” implies the elation of being happy.


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