Justice in the Antigen Not only is the Antigen an incredible work of drama and tragedy, it encompasses a great moral argument that has two sides; Antigen or Croon. It can also be said that the argument being made in either case is larger than the prerogatives of Just these two people and more an argument between obeying the will of man or the will of the gods. Screen’s argument is for the former because of his motivation to let Polyclinic’s body sit in the sun and rot without giving the body a proper burial.
The burial would also allow the soul of Policies pass into the underworld in the eyes of the Greeks. Not only does this act go against the traditions of the Greek people, it also goes against the will of the Gods who decree that all fallen men should have a proper burial. Croon knows this and still rejects these traditions and rejects the will of the gods. In Screen’s eyes Policies was a trader to his own people and did not deserve to be given a proper burial. He attacked his own city and attempted to burn it to the round because of his brother neglecting to give him his turn at the throne of Thebes.
Antigen on the other hand believes that her brother should be given a proper burial so that he may enter the Underworld. Who is more Justified? In my mind, Antigen is. First and foremost, Antigen is more Justified because the refusal to bury the body of a dead person is not part of the “Greek Way’. Burial of one’s mortal body gives them passage to the underworld. In Screen’s refusal to bury the body of Policies, he has not given the soul of Policies his rightful passage into the Underworld.
Not only goes this contradict the feelings of the people of Thebes, it also contradicts the practices that have been taking place as a part of Greek battles since the dawn of their time. In battle, it is a given that after a day of fighting the two sides are able to retrieve their dead from the battle field and are able to bury their fallen soldiers and comrades. Both sides do this because it is a part of Greek culture that makes sense, for one, but also shows the respect that the Greeks have for the afterlife and the eternity that one spends in the underworld after their mortal body has fallen.
Screen’s proclamation that he will not allow the burial of Polyclinic’s body goes against the “Greek Way’. In doing this Croon has thrown away a principle that his ancestors have held up for all of Greek history. The “Greek Way’ is the way that all Greeks have operated for the all of time and to go against this is to go against the entire history of your people. Not only is it not right, it shows a blatant disregard for the culture that Croon comes from and also shows the arrogance that Croon has operated with throughout his entire tenure as regent of Thebes.
The way that the Greeks had operated before he became ruler had been around long before Croon had ever been born. Croon has no right to go against this and has no right to decide the final fate of a human being Just by being the ruler of a city. In this course of events Croon has Justice in the “Antigen” By Caleb-Jackson has come. Antigen’s opinion is also Justified because of the injustice that had occurred prior to the events in the Antigen. Policies and his brother Testicles where to share the throne of Thebes while trading the power every year between each of them while the there brother went on a year of exile.
This was the order given by Oedipus, the father of the two men. Testicles took the first term of rule while Policies took his year of exile. Policies traveled around and made new allies. At the end of the year Testicles refused to give the thrown to Policies even though the throne was rightfully Polyclinic’s. In anger and maybe in the heat of the moment Policies attacked Thebes with the six allies he had made over the year to take what was rightfully his throne.
Although this may have been an overreaction to the news that his brother was not vying up the rule over the Thebes ad this may have been handled in a much more controlled manner than an all-out attack on his home city and the plan to switch rulers every year may not have been the best plan to be put in place, Policies was justified in his wanting the throne from his brother. Testicles had stolen the throne from Policies and Policies was Just trying to take what was rightfully his. Policies and Testicles fought against each other after which both of the brothers died.
Policies was the one of the two brothers that was in the right here and should have en given the throne that was his. His actions were Justified while the actions of Testicles were not. Testicles was supposed to give up the throne and go into a year of exile. All Policies was trying to do was to take the power that he was rightfully owed. Testicles turned into a power-hungry tyrant that refused to give up the power that was not his to have. As a result of this, Croon took over and painted Policies as a traitor and an enemy of the state while the traitor and enemy of the state may have been the other brother, Testicles.
Testicles disobeyed his father’s orders to switch power every year. Oedipus was probably punishing his sons for not being loyal to him by giving them this order. Testicles refused to take the punishment and went against the orders of his father. It was not Testicle’s power to take or give. It was Oedipus power to give, therefore Testicles was not in the right, but in the wrong for what he had done. All Polyclinic’s wished to do was to take what was rightfully his. Now Croon has painted a lie that has led to the soul of Policies unjustly wandering the edges of the Underworld.
The refusal to bury Policies is not only an unjust act that could have been avoided if not for the tyrannical actions of Testicles, it is also an attack on the natural rights that are owed to all human beings. When one dies and is then consequently buried by their families it not only completes a spiritual process of passing the soul to the underworld it also fulfills a moral responsibility that the death creates. It is a not Just a part of the “Greek Way’ to bury the body of a soul who has passed on it is also part of a moral tradition that is felt across all cultures.
It is not always a way to allow the soul to pass into the afterlife it is more times than not a way to give the body a peaceful exit and bring the body back to where it had originally come from, the earth. It is a process of putting the body to peace which is owed to all human beings which does not always consist of burial. It can consist of burial rights like the ones that Antigen performed on Policies the first time that she had visited the dead. Giving the body a place to rest and a place to find peace is important across all cultures.
By not burying the body of Policies, Croon disrupted a human ritual, not a ritual Just felt by the Greeks, but a ritual of honoring the body that is felt by all people of every walk of life on this planet. Croon, a mortal being, does not have the right to usurp the authority of the natural rights of human beings. Natural rights are immortal and everlasting. No mortal being has any right to question these. The Antigen has inspired an argument that has been revisited ever since the play was written. The argument between the opinions of Antigen and Croon.
I believe that Antigen was rightful in her actions mostly because of the natural rights that human beings have to be given a proper burial so that we may honor the body and the soul that has passed. Burial gives the body peace and, according to Greek culture, releases the soul of the body into the underworld so that it may live in the afterlife for eternity. Policies was also rightful in his action to attempt to take what was rightfully his, therefore the resulting actions of Croon were even more unjustified. Testicles was a tyrant and a selfish man.