Creon's Burial In Sophocles Antigone

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Antigone comes from a very twisted lineage. Her father, Oedipus, killed his own father and married his own mother, Jocasta. He proceeded to kill himself and leave the throne to his two sons to fight for. Already, Antigone was in a difficult place, being her two brothers were fighting to the death to rule Thebes. After they both died, Creon took the throne. The burial of Polyneices, punishment, and eventual suicide were done out of tradition, family, respect, and religion. To bury Polynecies, is a political move but it was a direct religious move. The Gods call for proper burial, which was not followed through on Creon's part. Staying true to a desired faith means one must not falter in his or her beliefs. This seems like a political situation…show more content…
She is confronted by Ismene, townspeople, the guard, and Creon but she stays true to her religious beliefs. Creon tried to make her see the burial rites issue from his point of view by saying that one brother died defending the country but the other died destroying the country. In response Antigone states, “That may be, but Hades still desires equal rites for both” (592-593). Without wavering, Antigone keeps to her original Greek Gods argument, thus still a religious figure. Even when Ismene tries to share the punishment in burying their brother, Antigone sticks to honesty and doesn't want to please someone who didn't believe in what she believed was right. Someone who did not stick to their beliefs was Creon in this story. Creon decides from the beginning that he will have Antigone executed for her crime. When confronted if Creon would take his own son's bride away from him, he immediately says, “Why not? There are other fields for him to plough” (651). With his son's happiness and love of his life on the line, Creon decides to execute Antigone. But when the prophet man, Teiresias, tells Creon that carrying out the death of Antigone will bring on more loss for him. All in all, Creon becomes very scared because those he love may be affected by his decisions. Creon is clearly not a religious figure when he approaches a towns person for advice on how to fix his situation, “Tell me what to do. Speak up. I'll do it” (1229). Before even receiving the advice, he commits to doing whatever needs to be done to fix this. He represents poor leadership, honor, religion, and faith. Unfortunately, he definitely pays for all his mistakes in the end of this

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