Essay on Antigone: a Study of Moral Influences in Society.
Antigone, the seemingly victimized woman, has the power to stand …show more content…
Equally important is Creon's character, which creates a wonderful disguise. Though he seems to say intelligent things, Sophocles throws in arrogant clues that he is in the wrong, not Antigone. Torn between her duty to gods and her duty to Creon, Ismene, runs to the King to tell him of Antigone's actions, crying "O, not for me the dusty hair of youth, but let us now unto the palace go" ( Sophocles 456). But Creon simply ignores the information she has to tell; sure that no one would go against his laws. He is convinced that without a powerful leader as him, the city would surely be in chaos after the war, and refuses to let such a traitor have a proper burial. What he ignores, is that in the city, if a citizen walks past a body in the street without throwing earth on it, they bring guilt upon themselves. Such guilt has now been brought onto the city because of Creon's decree; another clue to Creon's blatant mistake.
Later, angry that a woman would defy his choice, Creon claims that when he is alive, no woman shall rule. Here again, we witness Sophocles' subtle hints that Creon is wrong in his decision. Yes, Creon is "protecting" his rule, his country and himself, but it is in the syntax that