In the tragic play, Antigone by Sophocles, the character Creon, who acts as the antagonist, goes though reversal and recognition. Creon is not only the antagonist, but also the ruthless king of Thebes, and Antigone's uncle. Creon inherited the throne after the deaths of Antigone's two brothers, Eteocles and Polyneices. Throughout the play, Creon makes it clear that he objects the laws of the gods in favor of the laws of man. Because of this, he sates that since Polyneices was a traitor to Thebes, he must not be mourned or buried by any of the citizens. Eteocles, on the other hand, was buried will full military honors, and is considered a hero by Creon and the townspeople. In the beginning of the play, readers can tell that Creon is not the …show more content…
Writing sets Esperanza apart from her neighborhood and those in it because she uses it to escape her current situation: a life she would have been trapped in had she not pursued her dreams. By pursuing her dreams and becoming a writer, Esperanza was able to leave Mango Street a place she desired to leave. Through writing, Esperanza has also come to better understand herself. She has to come to terms with the events that have occurred in her life while living on Mango Street, and is now able to reflect on them from a different prospect. Through writing, Esperanza has learned to become a part of the neighborhood she so strongly wanted to get away …show more content…
The Chorus acts as the narrator of the play, as well as the voice of the people of Thebes. In the beginning of the play, the Chorus declare their support for Creon's law regarding the dispoal of Antigone's brother, Polyneices' body. Initially, the Chorus seems weak, putting up with King Creon's ruthless and tyrannous commands. They also do not in any way contradict or question Creon's behavior, or show support to Antigone after she is punished by Creon. They even go as far as to accuse her of being inclined to trouble like her father after they discover she buried her brother, Polyneices. However, as Antigone is led to her living tomb by the guards, the Chorus expresses sympathy towards her. After Creon receives advice from Teiresias, the Chorus insists that he take it, reminding Creon that Teiresias is never wrong. Creon finally agrees, but is too late. Because of the Chorus's initially submissive behavior, Antigone is left alone to defend her beliefs, leading her to her tragic death. Her death, as a result, leads to King Creon's
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Creon is sometimes seen as the antagonist of Antigone. Because of this image, many people will disagree with Creon’s argument for the public’s welfare. Albeit, Creon might seem crazy for asserting his position in a harsh way, how else is the public supposed to listen to his plan regarding Eteocles and Polyneices: “Eteocles, who died as a man should die, / fighting for his country, is to be buried with full military / honors, with all the ceremony that is usual when the greatest heroes die” (1.1.36-39) “…his brother Polyneices, who broke his exile to come back with fire and sword against his native city… Polyneices… is to have no burial: no man is to / touch him or say… prayer for him; he shall lie / on the plain, unburied; and the birds and
The audible fear that the Sentry fails to hid in his voice while speaking to Creon distinguishes the king of Thebes as a very respected and deeply feared person. His demanding nature and impassive tone display Creon as a character that is superior to the rest of the cast. Likewise, Creon’s tragic flaw lies in his greed for power as well as his inability to follow the advice of others. The greed in Creon is put on display when he discovers that Antigone is the criminal and immediately accuses Antigone and Ismene, Antigone’s sister, of trying to dethrone him: CREON.
In the play called Antigone which was written by Sophocles, the two characters of the play, Antigone and Creon, both stand in clear opposition to one another. In the play one of the men named Polyneices, the nephew of Creon and the brother of Antigone has been declared a traitor of Thebes and will be left dead on the battlefield with no burial. Antigone would much rather die than to let her brother be without a proper burial, but Creon believes that civil law is absolute. King Creon believes that Antigone’s brother should be considered a traitor and should be punished accordingly.
Antigone was a play written by Sophocles that revolves around the protagonists (Antigone) quest to bury her brother Polynices whose burial was prohibited by king Creon after Polynices and his brother Eteocles (former king of Thebes before Creon he shared both title and power with his brother in rotation but soon turned un the agreement which resulted in the war known as the seven against Thebes) were both killed in battle, afterwards creon declared no mourning or burial for
May it please the court; members of the jury. The defendant in this trial, our own princess Antigone, though liable for her actions against the state, is not guilty of the allegations made by the prosecution. The reasons are as follows: Antigone was directly targeted by Creon ’s edict, Creon’s laws do not constitute for the well-being of the city, and his new decree attempts to force Antigone, a loving and compassionate sister, into harming her dear brother. To accuse our fearless Antigone of treason, while completely ignoring our moral obligations, would defy our own duty to uphold the justice system.
Their brothers, Eteocles and Polyneices fought each other for the throne of thebes and both were killed each other in the battle for power. Creon the new ruler takes one brother’s side. Eteocles was honoured and received a proper burial for being a hero. However, Polyneices was not buried because he was said to be a traitor
Esperanza is a girl who lives in a poor, Latino neighborhood in Chicago. She is a girl who struggles with finding herself in this neighborhood as well as in the world. She has two brothers and one sister. Esperanza, based on her actions, is a girl who is very innocent but she lets others influence her actions. She has always wanted to have a house of her own and she has a low self-esteem (House on Mango Street 47.)
In the classic play by Sophocles, Antigone is a tragic story of the bold Antigone who defied her uncle, King Creonʻs, edict by burying her brother, Polyneices, who died attacking the city of Thebes, trying to take the power away from their brother, Eteocles, who refused to share the throne with Polyneices. Even though Antigone knew that going against Creon and burying her brother would not end well for her, she still choose to risk her life to do what is right. After being caught breaking the law, Antigone is appointed to be locked away, isolated in a cave until she dies, but she hangs herself at the end. At the same time, things for Creon are not looking good, as everyone around him seems to be against him in his decision for punishing Antigone. Everyone Creon cares about kills themselves from a curse that is put on Creon for not following the Godsʻ laws.
In Sophocles' Antigone, Creon falls into power due to a chain of events that aren’t caused by him, but by the crime Oedipus has committed. However, Creon decrees the law denying Polynices's burial to re-establish law and order in Thebes, and to establish himself as the new King of Thebes. In Creon's mind, since Polynices attacks Thebes, he is only a traitor to the state and does not deserve burial, whereas, Eteocles deserves it because of his defense of the country. This is Creon’s fatal flaw which causes the tragedy. Creon’s decision to keep his cousin from his natural birthright disobeys God’s will and goes against God’s rules.
Antigone tells her that Creon has decided to honor one of her brothers with a full funeral and burial, but the other disgracefully. She is very upset over her brother, Polyneicies, that she loves dearly not getting a proper burial, which is disobeying the gods and their religion. She then calls upon Ismene to take action, stateing “ Now you know,.. splendid ancestry.” because Creon announces
In addition, Antigone has her own struggle, faceing her uncle King Creon, by herself. Moreover, Antigone was declared the death penalty, on behalf of giving her brother funeral honors. This is a very unruly move, because her brother is considered a traitor to the king and people, which ultimately means he shall not be buried. However, it shows King Creon that Antigone would do anything to modify the law, as well as taking her own life, just so her brother has a proper funeral. To emphasize, Antigone responds to King Creon, “ If I die young, I say I’d gain something” (Sophocles 20).
In The House on Mango Street , Esperanza and her family move into a small, one bedroom house on Mango Street. Mango Street is in a poor, minority area of Chicago. In this neighborhood, men abuse their wives and daughters. Wives stay inside all day, looking out of the window and dreaming. Esperanza sees this abuse occur and vows that she will move away from Mango Street as soon as she can.
In contrast to this, in Antigone, Creon is a tyrant-like leader who lacked empathy and care for others. This can be seen as he forbid the burial of Polynices, which defied Greek custom. This act results in the death of Antigone, his son Haemon and his wife Eurydice (“Play Summary Antigone”). Contrary to Oedipus, Creon’s Hubris lead to a series of conscious actions that negatively affect the characters in the story. In the end, Creon can be seen to have learnt his lesson as the chorus states: “Of happiness the crown
This quote means that Creon should release Antigone from the sealed cavern in which they left her to die and to bury Polynices. Creon finally listens, but when he does, it is, consequently, far too late. Antigone had already hanged herself and Haemon, her future husband and son of Creon had fallen on his sword in mourning. When the Chorus’ wise advice is finally listened to, the worst has already