Antigone is a Greek tragedy that expresses strong family values, focusing mainly on loyalty. She appeals to the important struggle between customary or family responsibilities (Patterson 1). Antigone is the daughter of Jocasta and Oedipus and also the niece of Creon. Antigone and Creon are both tragic characters who induce shame and meet tragic ends. Creon was named ruler after Antigone’s father fell from power. So Creon raised Oedipus’ children and was only supposed to rule Thebes only until Polyneices and Eteocles could run Thebes together, but after both of their deaths Creon was announced King of Thebes (Galens and Spampinato). Antigone shows her loyalty when Creon will not allow anyone to bury...
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...denies her sister having anything to do with it. Antigone reminds her sister that them being women, it is not their decision on whether things are wrong or right (Galens and Spampinato).
By Antigone killing herself, she disobeys Creon not only in the burial of her brother but by killing herself instead of him executing her. She shows him that he cannot control her and will have her own path to Hades (Johnston 183). Even though Antigone, Ismene, and Creon all feel like they have made the right decision, their choices were catastrophic. Antigone dies, Ismene is left alone forever knowing she did not do anything to help her family, and Creon loses his family and complete power of everything (Galens and Spampinato). The conflict between Antigone and Creon is important because it shows how significant responsibilities are to your family and to the public (Johnston 184).
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