The Misfortune of Creon Essay

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The Misfortune of Creon There are many tragic events that happen in the world, yet none as horrific as those witnessed in literature. The play Antigone, by Sophocles, details a number of calamities involving Creon and Antigone. While Creon and Antigone both undergo terrible suffering, Creon is the more tragic figure since his pride drives his actions, resulting in despair. Tragedy befalls Creon in many ways including the decision he must make in assigning Antigone’s punishment, the death of his son Haemon, and the suicide of his wife Eurydice. To begin with, Creon orders that the body of Polynices be left in a field unburied, while his brother Eteocles receives a proper burial; anyone that disobeys his edict will be stoned to death. Antigone is very upset by this, so she decides to bury the body of her brother Polynices. She recognizes that she is defying her uncle’s decree, even though it means she will be stoned to death. Left to deal with her actions, Creon has a dilemma: if he spares Antigone, he upsets the citizens of Thebes who feel that the law must be followed. However, if he follows through with Antigone’s punishment of stoning he will upset her and all those who felt her actions were correct. Many people agreed that burying Polynices was the right thing to do. Consequently, Creon not only has to deal with the difficulties of being king, but the reality of punishing his niece. Ultimately Creon is driven by his pride and refuses to be defied as King, orders Antigone to be put in a cave. In addition, the death of Haemon must also come to rest on Creon’s shoulders as his actions brought it about. Creon imprisoned Antigone in the cave with limited nourishment. After consulting with Teriresias, Creon realizes he has made a mistake. However he waits too long to free Antigone from the cave and she hangs herself. As Antigone’s betrothed, Haemon is

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