Throughout his speech Creon was able to effectively achieve his purpose of convincing his audience to agree with his decision on not burying Polyneices with the use of contrasting diction. In order to convince his audience that his way of ruling is the correct way Creon uses the rhetorical device of contrasting diction in his speech. This is done when Creon announced, “Eteocles, who died as a man should die, fighting for his country, is to be buried with full military honors, with a ceremony that is usual when the greatest heroes die…”. When talking about Eteocles and his honorary death, Creon uses words with a positive diction such as “honors, ceremony, and greatest heroes”, each of these words are linked to the positive connotation of a man with honor and great dignity. On the other hand, when speaking of Polyneices, Creon turns to the use of negative diction.
In Sophocles play antigone creon pays a primary the king of Thebes. Creon's unorthodox and conflicting views lead to a morally ambiguous character. His need for common good lead to a bad mix or rage and irrational thinking.eteocles death provoques Creon causing his disapproval for antigone's brothers burial. Creon says “ 0 fate of man , working both good and evil !
As demonstrated throughout the Greek tragedy Antigone, Creon’s tragic flaw is hubris which causes his downfall . The downfall begins when Creon refuses to give Polyneices, the son of Oedipus and the brother of Antigone, a burial. Creon believes that Polyneices did not die an honorable death as he broke exile and raised the sword against his home city, Thebes, so in return he will not receive a burial. Creon’s pride takes over and so he believes he is a man not only superior to women , but a king superior to the gods. He claims, Go out of your heads entirely?
Gary Mottershead once said, “ A bad system, can destroy good people.” Throughout the world, we can see leaders progressively gaining more control each year, and it isn’t a good thing.. Powerful leaders can evoke a state of fear, and create destruction. In “Antigone”, Creon, the new king of Thebes, uses his power in a negative way, to use the people’s fear against them.
These lines were taken from the play Antigone, which was written by Sophcoles. It’s spoken by Creon (The king) to Chorus. the main theme in this quotation is that Creon accentual on his decision.
Creon’s conflict involves two choices that seem equally righteous--that is, between the stability of the state an obedience to divine law. He thinks Polyneices is attacking the state and he wants to defend it by declaring, “He is to have no grave, no burial, [n]o mourning from anyone; it is forbidden.” (165-167) With this edict, he is opposing the gods’ law. Creon’s tragic flaw is his hubris, or excessive pride, and he makes three errors in judgement, not allowing the proper burial of Polyneices, sentences Antigone to death, and unwilling to listen to advice. Creon’s actions portrays him as an arrogant and narcissistic tyrant whom caused the downfall of himself and intense suffering from guilt because of his subsequent punishment.
A tragic hero is defined as someone of high power or royalty who brings upon his or her own downfall as a result of a flaw found within the character. In Sophocles’s “Antigone” there are possibly two tragic heroes. Both Antigone and Creon have similar traits of a tragic hero. Although the story is named after Antigone, I believe that Creon is the true tragic hero of the story as his ignorance and pride prove to be his tragic flaws.
In the play Antigone, by Sophocles, the main character Creon goes through major character development as the story progresses. As King of Thebes, Creon establishes a series of decisions thought to be ethically correct for the city. However, many of his family members and townspeople disagree and revolt against his decrees and, as a result, leads to his downfall, making him a symbol of a tragic hero. One of those people is Antigone, the headstrong female protagonist who defies Creon’s orders in order to bring justice to her brother. Her conflicting motivations and rationale advances the plot and contributes to Creon’s development as a tragic hero.
Another scene in the play which demonstrates Creon’s ineffective rule is when Teiresias comes to deliver Creon’s prophecy. Teiresias first addresses Creon by informing him to listen to what the prophet has to say. Here is where it is evident that Creon is often one minded in his thinking. As soon as Creon is asked to listen he snaps back at Teiresias, “I am not aware that I have ever failed to listen.” (Sophocles 835)
Agamemnon’s pride breeds so much contempt between him and Achilles that Achilles actually wishes to leave the Achaean army and his commander because he simply cannot bear to witness the constant exhibition of Agamemnon’s pride. Agamemnon’s pride is in fact so overbearing that it in fact shames the Achaean army as illustrated through Achilles’s threat of abandonment. In the Greek tragedy Antigone, written by the legendary tragic poet Sophocles, the author describes the many character traits and attributes of Creon that parallel those of Agamemnon’s character in The Illiad. In the tragedy, Creon is the uncle of the protagonist Antigone and the ruler of Thebes.
Why Both Parties are Wrong “Don’t fear for me. Set your own fate in order.” (lines 103). Is what Antigone said as she tried to calm her sister as she cried. While Antigone told her about burying their brother.