Antigone is a threat to the status quo; she invokes divine law as defense of her actions, but implicit in her position is faith in the discerning power of her individual conscience. There is usually more than one choice available, and the tragic hero makes the wrong choice, as in the case of Creon.
Antigone continues to be a subversive and powerful play, and the inspiration for generations of rebels and dissidents. It is this fundamental untruth that Sophocles' play seeks to correct, mainly through the punishment that the Gods inflict on Creon as a result of his obtuse, misogynistic thinking.
Anouilh develops another form of rivalry between the sisters with regards to femininity.
Gold and Brass — In scene 5, Creon, convinced that a good man taking a bribe is more likely than him being wrong, accuses Teiresias for loving gold more than truth.
The major themes found in this drama are, rivalry between sisters, pride, the position of woman as a gender, individual versus state, conscience versus law, divine law versus human law which are described below.
Sight In Oedipus RexOedipus mocks the blindness of the seer Tiresias, who responds by telling Oedipus that he Oedipus is blind to the corruption in his own life, and soon will be literally blind, too. Again, note the incommensurabilities between Anouilh's theory of the tragic and political allegory.
The Threat of Tyranny Athenians, and particularly Thebans, were sensitive to the idea of tyranny and the fine line between a strong leader and a brutal tyrant.