Antigone And Creon Character Analysis

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PROMPT: Excessive pride is the main cause of the tragic outcome in Anouilh’s Antigone. The play Antigone, depicts characters showing strong attitudes and beliefs towards one another. The author, Jean Anouilh, portrays this through the use of two protagonists, Antigone and Creon. These characters show glimpses of excessive pride, thus leading to the deaths of Haemon, Eurydice and Antigone herself. In addition to excessive pride, both fate and love play a role in the causes of the deaths of loved ones. These deaths were a result of contrasting beliefs; Antigone stood for what she believed in, and died for what she felt was right, whilst Creon, the powerful King of Thebes, established a law prohibiting the burial of Polyneices. This conflicted with Antigone’s beliefs, therefore challenging her uncle Creon, and showing disregard for his ruling of Polyneices denial of burial rites. This in turn, consequently resulted in the death of Creon’s son, Haemon, and his wife Eurydice. Throughout the play, conflict of dissimilarity develops between the two protagonists, Antigone and Creon. Antigone, a strong and young individual, is not willing to allow her brother, Polyneices, to be dishonoured in his burial. She believes her brother deserves a proper burial out of loyalty to her family. Creon is shocked by Antigone’s…show more content…
The continuous conflict between Antigone and her uncle, Creon, had fatal consequences, leading firstly to the death of Antigone herself. Antigone’s excessive pride in her beliefs, alongside Creon’s stubbornness, led to the devastating outcomes. Antigone’s love for her brother resulted in her death, and moreover continued with the tragic deaths of her fiancé and Creon’s son, Haemon, and followed with the death of Creon’s wife, Eurydice. Thus, excessive pride, fate and love are all contributing factors concluding in the tragic deaths of

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