Everybody makes mistakes, it’s just a part of being human and nobody is perfect so if we learn from our mistakes we can help to make this world so much better. In the play Antigone there is no exception to this, and we can see all of the characters making mistakes that lead to bigger problems in the future. But as the play progresses we can see the characters realizing that even though they tried their best they did something wrong and it needs to be fixed. Creon is a perfect example of this, because he has the best intentions at the beginning of the play but as it goes on he realizes his decisions although well intended we're not the best they could be and they need to be changed. But Creon realizes this fact to late and ends up receiving
When you pay attention to something thoroughly, the thing becomes more and more interesting. Antigone is interesting because it is a play by Sophocles about a girl that has buried her brother, breaking the law that was set to have him not buried by the king Creon and the tension between Creon and Antigone. The theme of the play is how Creon shows his power through being a tragic hero.Creon is a tragic hero by showing how stubborn, full of himself, and harsh he is.
The Theban play, Antigone, is that of loyalty, portrayal, love, tragedy, and fate. Antigone is the bold, defiant daughter of Oedipus. Her relationship with her uncle, Creon, was that of antagonist versus protagonist. Upon completion of the play, Antigone, I believe that the way in which Antigone treated Creon was “right” from beginning to end. Antigone returns to Thebes and learns of the deaths of both of her brothers, Eteocles and Polynices. Her uncle, Creon, whom had inherited the throne, allowed a proper burial for Eteocles; yet, banned a proper burial for Polynices because he considered him a traitor. Antigone’s loyalty to family is what drives her to defy Creon’s decree and bury her brother. Though the consequences for her actions
CREON AND ANTIGONE'S CONFLICTS
CREON “In all of Thebes, you’re the only one who looks at things that way.” ANTIGONE “They share my views , but they keep their mouths shut just for you. ”(page 273) These quotes show us that Creon is a hard-headed person that does not consider Antigone’s beliefs.
In the play, “Antigone” stubbornness leads to the downfall of two characters. Creon’s excessive pride reveals him as a tragic character. His pride is so high up he could not acknowledge the fact that he did wrong in anyway. He also views himself as a person better than the gods. “The State is King!” (Creon 598) he said, showing how cocky he tends to be. As a result of his cockiness, this creates conflict with the gods and eventually leads to his downfall. Creon wants his people to view him as a formidable and strong-minded leader who can handle things knowing that he’s in a position of authority. This is one of the reasons why he never reconsiders his decisions. He refuses to listen to others nor take their opinion into consideration, especially to Teiresias. Creon says,” Whatever you say, you will not change my will.” (Creon 840) Creon is given an opportunity to right his wrongs, but he decides to put his pride first.
The hubris resonating throughout the play, ‘Antigone’ is seen in the characters of Creon and Antigone. Their pride causes them to act impulsively, resulting in their individual downfalls. In his opening speech, Creon makes his motives clear, that “no man who is his country’s enemy shall call himself my friend.” This part of his declaration was kept to the letter, as he refused burial for his nephew, Polynices. However, when the situation arises where it is crucial that Creon takes advice, he neglects the part of the speech where he says “a king... unwilling to seek advice is damned.” This results in Creon’s tragic undoing.
A tragedy is when someone drops my chocolate milkshake from Chick-Fil-A in the parking lot, but the Greek definition of a tragedy is,”a play in which the protagonist, usually a man of importance and outstanding personal qualities, falls to disaster through the combination of a personal failing and circumstances with which he cannot deal”(Collins). In Sophocles’ play Antigone, Creon is the most tragic character because of his hubris, hamartia, and he is the primary Antagonist.
In Antigone by Sophocles, Creon, the king of Thebes, most embodies the traits of an Aristotelian tragic hero because of his tragic flaws, his extreme punishment, and his recognition of his own errors. Creon's hamartia is hubris, which leads to his failure to heed the warnings of others in time to save Antigone and his family. In Scene 5, when Teiresias warns Creon of his pride and pleads for him to yield for his own good, Creon responds angrily, "If your birds-if the great eagles of God himself / Should carry him stinking bit by bit to heaven, I would not yield" (45-47). Even when cautioned against hubris by the prophet, Creon still fails to realize his mistakes and continues to let his pride blind him. This flaw is characteristic of a tragic
Have you ever met someone that uses their power to their advantage and doesn't care how it affects another person; Well that is Creon. The actions that Creon took to punish Antigone for buring her brother costed him his wife and son. When you are born or brought up with power don’t use it to your advantage , use it for good.
Family is such a large part of both of these stories. The very first line of Antigone makes it clear that blood ties are very significant to Antigone: "Now, dear Ismene, my own blood sister," The fact that Ismene is her blood sister is important enough to verbalize it, even when addressing Ismene. Throughout the play, several other aspects of the story indicate that Antigone is slightly obsessive about her family. She is willing to give up her life to honor her dead brother, all the while discussing how she would be honored to "lay down with the man I love". This is horrifyingly close to implying incest. She feels she has a duty to bury him. "Yes. I’ll do my duty to my brother and yours as well, if you’re not prepared to. I won’t be caught betraying him."