Kafka as an entire story is both very poetic but at the same time, it is quite literal. The story tells of man is denied access to the law, and all he has to do to be accepted into the law, is enter the gate. But the soldier tells him that he can never know the hardships that could follow him if he chooses to enter, as there will be many challenges each more daunting than the last. This causes the man to sit outside and contemplate his options, but through this the man actually wastes away outside the gate never knowing what would be on the inside, close the man’s death the soldier finally reveals to him, “No one else could ever be admitted here, since this gate was made only for you. I am now going to shut it.
This speaks on the hardships one must go through to make a change, this is how it can closely relate to Antigone, she faces all of these challenges that she is prohibited to act upon, even though in the end she chooses to bury her brother and give him a proper ceremony even though knowing death is all but avoidable because of this. She progresses through her hardship knowing that in her heart it is correct, and to her that is all that matters.