In the greek tragedy, Antigone, written by Sophocles and translated by Dudley Fitts and Robert Fitzgerald, Creon and Antigone have shown many similarities. When Antigone and her sister return to Thebes they plan on helping their brothers Eteocles and Polyneices. The two brothers were in battle and when they were fighting they ended up killing each other. Eteocles was buried properly but when it was time to bury Polyneices Creon did not allow it because he believed he was traitor. Antigone broke Creon’s law by burying her brother and in the act of doing so, she was caught.
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 risking herself, 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).
(Sophocles 64). All of this was too much for her to handle so she decided it would just be easier if she just took her life. Creon finds out the death of his wife through a messenger and blames himself, for his actions led all of his sorrows to happen. “I, I was the slayer, I say it, unhappy, of thee!” (Sophocles
“Fortunate is the man who has never tasted God’s vengeance!” (Sophocles, pg. 215) this statement is about fate, where it is trying to pity Creon as the God’s will curse him because of his unjust law. Although the quote implies “men” Antigone, who is the daughter and sister of Oedipus, is also pitted because the gods have cursed the family. Both Creon and Antigone are unfortunate human beings because the gods are punishing them.
Her actions were inexplicably caused by grief, but may be a part of a greater idea. For example, Medea's infanticide could have been a sacrifice in order to bring justice upon Jason and cleanse his house. In fact, Euripides makes it clear that Medea did not vengefully murder her own offspring because of jealousy, she did it to make Jason suffer in the long run. Medea refers to her sacrifice by saying, “And he whom law forbids/To stand in attendance at my sacrifices,/Let him see to it.” (34).
“So there has been a Deviation; and deviation, any deviation from the true image is blasphemy - no less. You have produced a defilement.” Due to the laws, people had to report to the governor if they see anyone or anything is deviation, so in Waknuk, discrimination is always happening.(Wyndham 72). Likely, this also shown the principles in Waknuk have blinded the people terribly, people always think it is the punishment from God toward them but actually it is not. People in Waknuk are punished each other as well as from the belief spills of the “Old People” have left, however, these principles made the Waknuk society fall.
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.
Creon has detached himself from everyone meanwhile the whole city of Thebes is on Antigone side as well as the gods for standing up and burying her brother out of love, while also being fearless because she knew she could die from doing this act. The disagreement between Haemon and Creon leads Creon to a terrible point in his life where his immediate family dies right in front of him because of his stubborn ways. By the end of play, Sophocles shows that by breaking down barriers of the societal norms, she exposed herself, perswaying the people to look at Thebes from a different view, that women are not just objects, nor replaceable, women can be powerful. Because of her bravery and devotion, she won over everyone's hearts. Where as Creon was senseless about his actions and fixed in his views, he lost his power and regard of the people.
Theme is a universal truth. Shakespeare took two families’ hate toward each other ending in the death of their children and having this hate affect the entire community to point out in the tragedy in Romeo and Juliet, that hate, in any form, is destructive. For example, bigotry, or hating people who are different, has a profound effect on how we interact and communicate, as well as how laws are written and enforced. The emotion of hate will never have positive endings. That is what Shakespeare was pointing out, that hate, in any form, only leads to waste and destruction.
Even as a form of justice, Medea 's decision to kill her children is a violation against natural law. In Antigone, the violation of natural law occurs when King Creon does not allow a proper burial of Polyneices. Antigone argues against Creon 's authority and stating
In Antigone by Sophocles, the main character, whom the play is named for, is faced with a difficult situation. Both Antigone's brothers, Eteocles and Polyneices, have died. Eteocles died defending Thebes and Polyneices died attacking it. King Creon, Antigone's uncle, forbade the burial of Polyneices because of his attack on Thebes. The King poclaimed an edict to refuse the burial of Polyneices on pain of death.
Creon:“I killed you, my son, without intending to,/ and you, as well, my wife,” (Lines 1486-1487). Antigone is the story of a girl who defies the king of Thebes in order to honor her dead brother, Polyneices, who is not allowed to be buried. When the king decides to punish her, his inability to listen to reasoning and resistance to change backfires on him in a deadly way. In the play, Antigone, by Sophocles, Creon, the play’s tragic hero, brings suffering to others, such as causing the death of Antigone, his son, Haemon, and his wife, Eurydice, which contributes to the tragic vision of the play as a whole because it shows how stubbornness brings pain for others. To begin with, Creon brings suffering to Antigone by refusing to change and
In the play, Antigone, by Sophocles, Polyneices and Eteocles, have killed each other and Creon orders Eteocles to have an honored burial while Polyneices is to be left without a burial. Antigone tells Ismene, who are both sisters of Polyneices and Eteocles, that they must bury Polyneices, Ismene tells her she can not so Antigone buries Polyneices alone in defiance to the state laws. Creon and Antigone have conflicting values. Creon holds the laws of the city higher even when other beliefs state otherwise.