A Close Examination of the Key Characteristics of Antigone and Creon, Considering Their Conflicting Personalitiesand Views.

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A close examination of the key characteristics of Antigone and Creon, considering their conflicting personalitiesand views.
The Theban Plays are a sequence of three plays, each telling the story of the family descended from the house of Labdacus. In ‘Antigone’ it is revealed that both the brothers of Antigone and Ismene are dead at the hand of each other and that one, Eteocles, had been honoured with burial by the king, whereas the other, Polynices, had been denied it. The family’s tragic history and the determination of Antigone to honour her brother with a burial leads to a conflict between herself and her newly-enthroned uncle, King Creon, which eventually results in more than one tragic death leaving Creon alone.
The fundamental source of conflict, between the characters, in the play is the importance to Antigone of honouring her family versus Creon’s determination to establish his authority as King. To each, the honour received or given is highly valued and greatly defines their personalities. Antigone is very dedicated to and loving of her family, in ‘Oedipus at Colonus’ she proves her love and dedication towards her family by accompanying her father as he blindly wandered, an outcast from his kingdom. Antigone’s love for her family, no matter what their previous crimes were, makes her determined that to honour her family was the right path to take ‘...what greater honour could [she] wish?’. Antigone is so determined to honour her brother, and equally certain that her path was the correct one that she believed that the punishment she would receive would ‘...not be any pain’ and would’ve been had she ‘...left [her] mother’s son lie there unburied.’ Antigone appeared to be unafraid of death, as she believed she lived in ‘...daily torment’ due to the inherited family “curse”. To Antigone, her death was unavoidable, and honourable thus she was able to bear the

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