To begin, the plot of the play solely relies on the orders defined by Creon. When he states that no one shall honor the death of Polynices, a domino effect plays throughout the story. Antigone’s role comes in as Creon’s antagonist when she says to Ismene, “Will you help these hands take up Polynices’ corpse and bury it?” (lines 54-56). Antigone’s first attempt to bury the body provokes Creon, which can be seen in line 286 when he exclaims, “What are you saying? What man would do this?” Not only does this line show his anger towards the defiant person who went against his orders, it also shows the readers of the 21st century the sexism that Creon holds and highlight...
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...he barrier of her own skin, the last hopes of happiness disappear for Creon. In lines 1463-1469, Creon blames himself claiming that “the guilt for all this is mine.” Even Creon admits to his wrong doings remarking, “I killed you, my son … and you, as well, my wife” (lines 1486-1487).
At the end of the play, the reader sees the shattered remains of Creon’s family. Despite the play being coined by the name Antigone, Creon has a dominant role and proves to be the main character. Throughout the tragic play, Creon’s arrogant orders and overbearing force leads to a series of events, which end in the death of his wife and son. Creon’s character changes from being a powerful, but stubborn king to a king left with the suicides of his loved ones on his shoulders as if he murdered them himself. All of the events leave him in this state of distress because of his tragic flaws.
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