Antigone Kreon Character Analysis

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In Sophocles play, Antigone, we are introduced to a wide variety of characters. There is Kreon, the newly appointed leader who has a complex and must always be correct and does everything to make a point. We have Eteokles and Polyneices, the twin brothers who fought each other until both died over who would be king, after Eteokles would not give up the crown to his brother. We also have Antigone, the headstrong girl who makes a stand for justice and what she thinks is right. This all spawns from Kreon deciding only one of her brothers would be properly buried, while the other will rot away and not be mourned, so Antigone takes action. Antigone’s actions of burying her brother are just because she is doing it out of what she believes is fair …show more content…
When Kreon attempts to cover up the fact that Antigone had attempted to bury her brother by telling her he would pretend it hadn’t happened and would just tell the people she was sick and needed time to rest, in Sophocles’ Antigone, Antigone says, “Dear god, shout it form the rooftops. I'll hate you all the more for silence -- tell the world!” (100-101) telling Kreon that she will not stand to be treated differently than anyone else would have been. If Kreon decided one of her brothers is to be buried and the other to be let sit and rot to prove a point and warn the people what will happen if you defy the law, why should she be held above the law? Sophocles writes, “I would not welcome such a fellowship. Go thine own way; myself will bury him. How sweet to die in such employ, to rest,-- Sister and brother linked in love's embrace-- A sinless sinner, banned awhile on earth, But by the dead commended; and with them I shall abide forever. As for thee, Scorn, if thou wilt, the eternal laws of Heaven.“(69-76) This is what Antigone says about her suicide. She will not allow Kreon to decide her fate so she chooses it for herself. She wants to die and be with her brother, if Kreon doesn’t believe her brother is worthy of …show more content…
She attempts to call Kreon out by bringing up other people in Sophocles’ Antigone saying, “These Citizens here would all agree, they'd praise me too.” (564-565) She consistently attempts to let Kreon know that she does not think he is a good ruler or that he makes good decisions. She is dissing him and in her own way telling Kreon that if he wasn’t such a dictator his people would rise against him. She is also telling him that if everyone knew the real truth versus just his truth they would take her side, which is a blow to his huge ego. It is also stated in Sophocles’ Antigone, “But if these men are wrong, let them suffer nothing worse than they mete out to me- these masters of injustice!” (1019-1021) This is stating how those around Kreon are fueled by his opinions rather than their own and that they should be punished for the way they choose to live their lives. People like Kreon have huge egos and think they are always right and have developed a conscience.
Overall, Antigone’s strong will and headstrong nature prompted her to fight for justice. She fought hard for what she believed in and what she thought was fair. She stood up to a ruler and even took her own life because of how much she believed in justice and fairness. Her strength for her cause was commendable and her love for her brother as well as her respect for the Greek traditions shone through. Antigone’s actions of burying her brother are just

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