Antigone And Macbeth: A Comparison Of Creon And Macbeth

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The play Antigone by Sophocles and the play Macbeth by Shakespeare both have characters Creon and Macbeth who demonstrate the traits of a tragic hero because Creon and Macbeth are good, consistent, and lifelike. Macbeth is good because he fights against the rebels and helps Scotland. Creon is good because he gives Eteocles a proper funeral. They are both consistent because Creon keeps enforcing the law and Macbeth keeps trying to stay king and does anything he needs to do to stay in that position. They are both lifelike because Creon mourns for his dead wife and son, and Macbeth also feels guilty because he kills Duncan. The immense time difference from both plays shows how they are similar even though they were written over three thousand …show more content…
Macbeth does everything he needs to to become king and stay king. Macbeth is telling the murderers to go kill Banquo because Macbeth “could with barefaced power sweep him from [his] sight” (Shakespeare III.i.135). He is consistent because he is doing everything to stay king, first he killed Duncan to be king now killed Banquo so he can stay king. Him killing people is his consistency of wanting to be king desperately. Different from Macbeth, Creon is consistently enforcing the law. Antigone tells Creon that it was her who threw dirt on top of Polynices and Creon responds with “And yet you dared defy the law” (Sophocles 59). Once again Creon stating the law that no one can bury Polyneices. Creon is consistent because he keeps reinforcing the law of no one being able to honor Polyneices and he continues enforcing the law throughout the entire play. They are also both the same in a way because they both take initiative and consistently do everything they can do to stay king or enforce the law. Although they both may seem rancorous they still show …show more content…
Macbeth just killed Duncan and is now talking to Lady Macbeth and he is “afraid to think what [he] [has] done” (Shakespeare II.ii.66). Macbeth is lifelike because he feels guilty for what he had to do to become king and he does not feel good about it. Even though he killed Duncan for his own selfish needs he still felt remorse. His guilt demonstrates that he is a human and is believable as a human since his emotions get the best of him. Creon may seem like he has no emotion and does not care what happens to people but his emotions also get the best of him. Creon has just been told that his wife killed herself and witnessed his son killing himself. He is grieving and says “I alone am guilty” (Sophocleus 80). Not only does Creon feel guilty but he is also mourning because his family died. He is lifelike because he grieves for his wife, son and he blames himself for what they both did to each other. Since Macbeth and Creon are both humans they both are lifelike because they feel and show their

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