King Creon Vs. Sophocles Antigone

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King Creon vs. Antigone Sophocles’s play, Antigone, is drawn from Greek mythology, a great body of oral tails, poetry, and theater. Sophocles’s play begins with Antigone and Ismene, who were sisters of recently deceased Polynices and Eteocles. Antigone, obviously distressed, reveals to Ismene the latest news. Polynices and Eteocles were killed during battle. Eteocles died with honor and Polynices was publicly shamed. Because of this, King Creon forbids anyone to touch the corpse of Polynices or give him a decent burial (Moss and Wilson). Antigone and Ismene argue about whether or not they should bury Polynices’ body. Since Ismene decides to not partake in the illegal act, Antigone secretly performs a ritual burial. Creon finds out about this and sentences Antigone and locks her away with little food to live on. This…show more content…
The root of Creon’s immoral behavior, towards Antigone, is not an inability to distinguish between what is wrong and what is right, but rather a fear of what would happen if he were to choose the morally right way to function. In the play, Creon says that he is very afraid to stray from the established laws in anyway, until the very day he dies (Sophocles 1495). Creon is a power-hungry leader. He is developing into a tyrant. Creon is compared to “a politician without the capacity to be a statesman, because he cannot resist the temptations of power” (Winnington-Ingram). Creon struggles with greed for money and lust for power. He is an unjust lawmaker as well as a strict and ruthless law enforcer. This causes the people of Thebes to live in fear of Creon. Creon asks Antigone if she attempted to bury her brother Polynices. She admits and instead of having sympathy, Creon sticks to what his law says and immediately asks if she is aware of the heavy charge that will follow (Sophocles 1477). This shows how much of an ego problem Creon has, as well as an authority

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