Essay on Analyzing Antigone and Creon
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Sophocles play titled Antigone, embellishes the opposing conflicts between Antigone who stands for the values of family, and Creon who stands for the values of state. Sophocles explores the depths of Antigone’s morality and the duty based on consequence throughout the play, as well as the practical consequences of Creon who is passionate and close-minded. Although Antigone’s moral decisions appear to be more logical and favorable than Creon’s, a personal argument would be that both characters’ decisions in society can be equally justified. In the play, Sophocles examines the nature of Antigone and Creon who have two different views about life, and use those views against one another. Antigone who is depicted as the hero represents the…show more content…
Because of Antigone’s bold action, it is certain that the gods will reward Antigone in the afterlife for the noble judgment and loyalty. Similar to Antigone, Creon, King of Thebes, also has a self-reliance perception about how life should be and is determined to uphold it. Unlike Antigone however, Creon believes that humanity has the power to control or dictate how society should act and behave. All problems caused by humanity in the state should be solved by using mortal laws rather than the divine laws of the gods. After Antigone was arrested and thrown into prison for breaking the law of burying Polynices, Creon ordered an execution of Antigone. The notion conveys that Creon has essentially lost touch with the values of family and cannot trust Antigone because of the disobedience act. As stated by Creon, “you cannot know a man completely, his character, his principles, sense of judgment, not till he’s shown his colours, ruling people, making laws. Experience, there’s the test” (Sophocles, 1470). From this, Creon’s obligation for the laws supports the idea that the king being out of touch from kinship and that the individual is narrow-minded and does not want to listen to any but one’s self, which is unwise and insignificant for a leader with such great power. In an argument against Creon, Haemon challenges the morality of power saying that the order to execute Antigone is beyond governmental jurisdiction and that the people of
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In the following paper, I plan to discuss the source of conflict between the title characters of Antigone and Creon in Sophocles’ “Antigone”. I also plan to discuss how each character justifies his or her actions and what arguments they give for their justifications. I will also write about the strengths and weaknesses of these arguments. The final points I try to make are about who Sophocles thinks is right and who I think is right.
The main source of conflict between Antigone and Creon is the issue of the burial of Antigone’s dead brother. Both of her brothers were killed in battle, however one brother fought against their home city and was considered a…show more content…
Antigone goes on with the burial of her brother because she claims that Zeus did not make the proclamation, and that a mere mortal cannot override the gods. Her justification for the burial of her brother is that she will not break the laws of the gods. These rules are great unwritten, unshakable traditions and she does not want to face the retribution of the gods. She already knows that she will one day die and she would rather die now than to let her brother rot. Allowing this would be a pain greater than death to her.
Even when Creon discovers that Antigone is the person that defied his proclamation, he still sticks to his word by punishing her to death. If he lets her go, he is not a man, she is. This would be unheard of. Creon states, “No woman is going to lord it over me.” “From now on, they’ll act like women…” after Antigone and her sister get tied up. “I’m not about to prove myself a liar, not to my people, I’m going to kill her.” Creon cannot make a law and then take it back, especially not for a woman. The man the city places in authority must be obeyed, whether or not he is right. Creon also feels he must defend the men who live by the law, and never let a woman triumph or be inferior to a woman.
I believe Creon originally made this law for the good of his country. He would not be considered a very good leader if he allows the burial of traitors. However, when he finds out that the one who broke the