desires  

The theme of desire in both Antigone and Freud's Introductory Lectures creates a conflict between what is allowed  and what it is we truly want.  In the play, specific laws restricted the characters' fulfillment of their desires which led to extreme consequences. Antigone wishes to have her brother properly buried, but is unable to due to her uncle's orders and spiritual beliefs.  When she is taken to be executed for defying Creon's orders, she accepts the inevitable as she does not regret her actions (Sophocles 21).  Freud though,believed that societal pressures on a person can lead to the internalization of feelings and their exposure in dreams (28). Through the unconscious our deepest desires could come to fruition.  

The cause and effect of one having a desire and then achieving satisfaction when it follows through.
Creon's loss of his family arises from his extreme desire to not lose his authority. (Sophocles 54-55, 57)
The effects of societal pressures on an artist to capture a scene in a way that reflects their inner emotions.
Death inevitably wins over Creon's desires because he puts more emphasis on remaining in power over everything else.
This represents Creon's power over the people of Thebes as its king as well as his duty to serve the gods.
The unconscious thoughts representing the desire to know more that can come through to our conscious minds.
Antigone's desire to reject the power held over her by her uncle on the matter of Polynices' death and burial (Sophocles 4-5)
An expression of the many desires people have and the psychology behind them.
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