Injustice is when one person abuses their power to take from another person the good things God intends for them like life, liberty, dignity, the fruits of their love and labor. Injustice has been a major issue that has been addressed in many works of literature. “The Epic of Gilgamesh” and “Antigone” are two examples of literature work that introduced injustice.
In “The Epic of Gilgamesh” Injustice has been introduced through its main character Gilgamesh the king of Uruk. Gilgamesh was created by the God’s to be the perfect ruler for them by giving him the perfect body, beauty, and courage; however, he wasn’t perfect as they created a monster that no one could stand against him and he became a tyrant. He used his power and sacrificed the lives of many warriors in battles whenever he wanted to fight and he raped any woman that appealed to him, whether she was the wife of one of his warriors or the daughter of a nobleman. He used to to get rid of anyone that stands in his way. His Tyranny and injustice have been put to and end when the Gods created Enkidu. Enkidu was the weapon the Gods created to stop Gilgamesh, when he heard about Gilgamesh from the people he decides to go and fight him. Although, he lost the battle with him, Gilgamesh decided to make use of their energy and their power to benefit the citizens of Uruk.
While in “Antigone” Injustice was depicted by Creon, the ruler of Thebes who abused his power and decided not to give a proper burial for Polynices one of the two brothers of Antigone. He decided that if anyone tries to bury his body should die. When Antigone manipulated the sentries and illegally buried her brother, Creon received the news and brought Antigone for interrogation and she did not deny any of the accusations that have been made on her. Creon decides to kill Antigone without any sympathy even when when Ismene, Antigone’s sister trials of appealing to Creon’s love for his son, Haemon, who was promised to be married to Antigone yet he did not change his decision. Another example that Creon was an unjust ruler was that he never listened to his people even to his son Haemon who confronted his father that he believes that his decisions are not right and that he should re-consider them as the people believe that Antigone does not deserve such punishment, but this only made Creon more and more stubborn and as a result he ordered the guards to bring Antigone to be murdered in front of him. Creon decides to kill Antigone alive in a tomb. The end of Creon’s path was that he acknowledged that everything is in the hands of the Gods and fate after the death of his son and the suicide of his wife.
In conclusion, injustice has been spreading in the world for ages through different ways and in different locations and people have suffered a lot from being led by tyrant and unjust leaders. We should learn a few lessons such as how limited our power is when it comes to the Gods and that we should be humble no matter how much powerful we get.