Antigone is the one who sets the events in motion, while Creon simply does his best to keep them from occurring. Creon never actually pushes the play forward in any way. Antigone is the one that shakes the Kingdom by defying him, but really all she’s doing is supporting the Gods. Because of this, Creon is the
Creon is the protagonist in Antigone, because his motivation throughout Antigone is the stability and wellbeing of Thebes. Moreover, Antigone is the antagonist in Antigone, because her motivation is selfish and deceiving. In Antigone the setting is Thebes post the death of both airs to the throne. Eteocles dies defending his country from his brother Polynieces which died attempting to reclaim his right to the throne. The conflict throughout Antigone is Antigone’s responsibility to bury her brother Polynices and the law created by Creon, the new king of Thebes, which states that “No one shall bury him, no one mourn for him.” (Antigone 59) Antigone proceeds to disobey the law and dies in her own hands to ensure her own martyr status. Antigone is not the protagonist because of her selfish motivation and need to
Furthermore, neither character attempts to view the other character’s perspective, displaying the inflexibility of both. If Antigone and Creon were slightly less persistent in their beliefs, the undeniable annihilation of both may have been prevented. Although both held their ground to opposing viewpoints, their devotion to their mission is a trait most find
Embedded Assessment: The Foil of Tragic Hero Creon Foils are characters that contrast with one another to highlight particular qualities of those specific characters. Tiresias, the blind prophet of Thebes, functions as a foil throughout Sophocles’s Antigone, by telling Creon he is doomed and will not be able to escape fate. In the Oedipus the King along with Antigone , Tiresias reveals unwanted truths about Creon and Oedipus. Although he is the blind prophet, his ability to “see” beyond the present, Tiresias first accuses Oedipus of killing his father in Oedipus Rex and proceeds to tell Creon in Antigone that his laws will cause more harm to his land and death to his family.
Creon and Antigone both show how pride leads to Destruction; Creon’s pride blinds him to the lack of proper justice he commits against Antigone, Creon has a lot of pride that he would allow Antigone to kill herself before he admit he is wrong, Antigone’s pride has no choice but to be killed because of her
Some say that opposites attract; in some cases they do and in some they do not. A foil is a character who is opposite of another character in order to highlight certain characteristics in both characters. An example of foils in a play that Shakespeare wrote, Romeo and Juliet, including rambunctious Tybalt and the tranquil Benvolio. Another example is the obnoxious funny Mercutio and the lovey dovey Romeo. Romeo and Juliet was a Shakespearean play written 1595 by William Shakespeare. This story of two star crossed lovers takes place in Italy featuring two rival families who cannot stand each other. These two characters are total opposite of each other and bring out the worst and best of each other.
Creon is as loyal to his word as Antigone is stubborn. Antigone and King Creon have very different views on life and loyalty, however they have one thing in common, power and glory; one in the mortal world and the other in the afterlife, thus shaping their beliefs and loyalty. Antigone, a mortal born in a royal mess, believes that glory and power is only meaningful in the afterlife. She strives to be gloried by the
Which is to say, Creon contends state law as the basis for justice, hence there can be no such thing as unjust laws. Undoubtedly, Creon's symbolic values within the play is displayed by his fierce dedication to state law and order, contrary to the symbolism Antigone embodies. As is evident from above, Antigone's values harshly clashes with that of Creon's. The former solely recognizes divine law as cardinal, the latter being in the early days of establishing new rule, concedes state laws as supreme. Antigone possesses a moral and ethical power as an individual, refusing to follow state laws on both grounds of morality and divine law, whereas Creon as the king
In this quote, she is trying to harn Creon that although he thinks very highly of himself, he will never be able to anything to disrupt the gods and their unwritten laws (being that all men deserve burial). Additionally, the word choice and tone used by the characters also differs. When Creon talks he makes it clear that he thinks of himself quite highly and is convinced that he is above everyone else because of his excessive pride and noble stature. This leads to a tone in his speech that is very obnoxious and off-putting. To the contrary, Antigone regards herself quite low and stands for
A Fight For What You Believe In “Tell me briefly- not in some lengthy speech were you aware there was a proclamation forbidding what you did?” Antigone’s words, actions and ideas differ with Creon’s character to the point of these two characters having clashing desires. The clashing desires cause the characteristics of controlling, worry, and bitterness that’s highlighted within Creon’s character. Overall, these conflicting motivations develop Creon as a tragic hero by his stubbornness and his pride is way too high and the conflict with Antigone and the battle between the “Laws of the gods” and the “Laws of man.” Antigone’s words, actions and ideas differ to Creon’s character because she does what is more right for the “Laws of man” in differentiation to Creon, he’s he believes in the “Laws of the gods.”
Jaanvi Shah Mr. Eyre English 9 March, 2015 Literary Analysis of Antigone John Foster says, “pride comes before fall.” As the action of the Sophocles 's Antigone unfolds, it is clear that the protagonist Creon has all the six characteristics of a tragic hero. Teiresias interactions with Creon help to demonstrate three of those typical traits: Creon’s noble stature, his tragic flaw of having pride and arrogance, and his free choice that makes his downfall his own fault. Creon, the King of Thebes, accords with Aristotle’s theory of a tragic hero beginning as powerful distinguished and important person.
The king of thebes declared that oedipus was to have a soldier's burial but polynices was not to be buried and just left on the battlefield. Antigone decided that this decision made by creon was not fair and she was going to bury her brother herself, putting her life on the line in the process. Antigone has all the characteristics of a tragic hero. She is of royal birth, she has good intentions, and she
He doesn’t like people who disobeys the rules of the government. They both are tragic characters because Antigone kills herself and Creon asks for his death to the gods. It can be argued that the tragic hero is Creon because of his excessive pride and his intense suffering at the end of the play. First of all, Creon fits Aristotle’s definition of tragic hero, which is excessive pride, also known as hubris. Creon is overconfident about himself and he doesn’t listen to others.