Creon’s once adamant decision to cruelly punish Antigone turns to a realization too late to stop the wheels of tragedy rolling because of his stubborn authoritarian rule. Antigone’s determination to bury her brother is discovered by Creon who banishes her in a tomb. A prophet soon later tells Creon “You plunged a child of light into the dark; entombed the living with the dead; the dead…Do not be surprised that heaven—yes, and hell—have set the Furies loose to lie in wait for you, Ready with the punishments you engineered for others” (Sophocles 239). The reason this terrifying foresight is brought upon Creon is because of his own determination for control. His desire to solidify his sense of justice by m...
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