Priam Vs Creon Analysis

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The Same Title Yet So different A king can be either feared and respected, or hated and feared. Priam, and Creon were men, kings, and fathers who were of equal titles, but not equal in character. King Priam from the epic poem “The Iliad of Homer” is feared, loved, and respected. He goes above and beyond for his family, and country. This is evident throughout the entire poem when he does nothing but stand by his son. Then on the other hand, there are kings like King Creon from the play “Antigone” written by Sophocles. Creon is such a cruel king that his followers, and his family resent him. These two men are both of equal character, but their followers view them in completely different ways. Priam is a believer of his gods, and his…show more content…
He is not willing to make any changes in his law for anyone whether family or friend. When his nephew Polynices dies he says “He’s not to have a grave or any mourning. / His corpse is to be left a grim warning, / Pecked at by birds and worried by dogs” (Sophocles 6). Creon has no respect for the dead, and as a result no respect for the gods. Creon wants the body to lie in the sun unburied for all to see, so he can put fear into the hearts of the people. When his niece Antigone hears of this she says “What Creon says is quite irrelevant. / He is my brother. / I will bury him” (Sophocles 4). For starters, Antigone does not care about the law when she feels the law is wrong. Second, she has the impression that Creon is trying to play god and she makes it known when she tells him “Sorry who made this edict? Was it god? / Isn’t a man’s right to burial decreed / By divine justice? I don’t consider your / Pronouncements so important that they can / Just…overrule the unwritten laws of heaven. / You are a man, remember” (Sophocles 12). This seen illustrates, that Creon does think he is god, and has no respect for the real gods. Antigone in so many words is explaining to him that he is wrong, and a person should not be denied burial rights for any reason. Creon does not like her explanation, and explains that “I don’t care if she is my sister’s daughter. / I don’t care if she’s closer to me than all / My family. She and her sister won’t get off. / I’ll execute them” (Sophocles 13). Now because of his stubbornness he wants to kill her and her sister that is not even involved. This king has no compassion or heart, and has no problem executing his own family if he feels the need to. Creon’s own son does not agree with this decision and continues to state that “The people feel sorry for Antigone. / They say it isn’t equitable she must die / A Horrible death for such a noble action” (Sophocles 18). The
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