Originally Answered: "Standing up for what you believe in" examples in the play Antigone?
The play is relevant today as it's main themes involve human characteristics which are true today; such as love, pride and the importance of making an impact on the world. For love; consider Antigone's love for Polyneices, Ismene's love for Antigone in that she is willing to lie and sacrifice herself to let her sister off the hook. Consider Haemon's love for Antigone and then Eurydice's love for Haemon. Love has not changed over 2600 years. Think of the pride that Creon shows for himself as he is now in authority and think of the pride Antgone feels in doing her 'holy act'. Antigone makes reference to the fact that no one will mourn her death and she somewhat laments at this, this is also true today; people want to have made an impact.
The play also wrestles with civil disobedience; do you bury your brother and do right by the gods? Or leave him to rot and do right by the state? Family vs state is a huge theme in Antigone.
Antigone stands up for what she believes in in that she believes that to do the will of the gods is to bury her brother, as to leave a body unburied was a sin against the gods. To bury Polyneices was a crime punishable by death; a new regime put in place by the new King Creon, Antigone's uncle. Antigone, despite being warned by her sister, is purposely caught red handed burying her brother and is put in front of the king, who threatens her with death. Antigone at this point has become in love with death and wishes to die anyway. Antigone was, as you probably know, a woman. Women in Ancient Greek times were expected to stay indoors and do as they were told. The idea of Antgone going against the law and her uncle, and being so hasty would be crazy to an ancient audience. Antigone is a symbol of feminine revolt; a suffragette of sorts. She died in the name of what she believed was right, and what she believed would please the gods most. This turned out to be the correct thing and so her death is tragic and unnecessary.
Overall Antigone is a very early story of sacrificing your life as a point; showing that the unachievable is achievable and persevering when all the odds are stacked against you. Good luck.