Creon's Passion In Antigone

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In Sophocles’ Antigone, the protagonist, Antigone, possesses the characteristic flaw of blind passion. Antigone tells the tragedy of a recalcitrant woman’s agony due to a new edict declared by the ruling power of the state, King Creon. The young woman, Antigone, wants to bury her brother, Polynices, but Creon’s edict announces that anyone who does so will be punished in death. Antigone rebels against the law of the state because she is assertive in her decision to bury her brother in order to honour the gods and maintain family loyalty. She courageously decides to act upon her free will and is prepared to face the consequence of death that proceeds. Amongst her courage, Antigone carries herself in pride, which in addition to her passion, intensifies …show more content…

After Creon declares the entombment of Antigone for attempting to bury Polynices against the declaration of his edict, Antigone laments her consequence of death. She displays a change in trait from her hubris as she expresses sorrow in her recognition that she will die at young age and never be able to marry or have children. The Chorus, in return provide their final judgment to Antigone as they state, “Your own blind will, your passion has destroyed you.” (Chorus, 959). Although the Chorus is sympathetic to Antigone’s sorrow, they remind her that she faces her death as a consequence to her negligence to overruling state power. The Chorus points out that her fate could have been avoided if she had let go of her pride and passion, and bowed to Creon’s edict, as did the citizens of Thebes. This quotation portrays that play writer, Sophocles, views that one’s blind and obsessive passion can result in negative consequences. The downfall of Antigone derives as a consequence to her obsession in acting against the King’s edict to glorify her brave act of reverence to her family and the gods. When Antigone expresses her defiance to Creon’s

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