The Conflict Between Antigone And Creon Essay

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In Sophocles Antigone, Sophocles utilizes the characters of Antigone and Creon to create complex conflicts that reflect upon balance between familial duty, piety, and duty to the Polis. It is through these conflicts that the struggle between Antigone and Creon is manifested. King Creon’s harsh edict forces Antigone to reconcile her allegiance to her family and her familial duty with her alliance to the city-state and her place within society. Through this intrapersonal struggle Antigone decides that she will not go against the traditions of the gods, because she would rather face “some man’s wounded pride,” than “face the retribution of the gods” (Sophocles 509-511). It is this fervor to obey the gods and fulfill her morals that contributes to her death. Likewise, Antigone’s political statement also directly influences Creon’s behaviour. Creon transitions from a logical ruler that upholds the values of justice and stoic rule, to an illogical tyrannical ruler. Through the dynamics of Creon’s and Antigone’s relationship that Sophocles illustrates that the harsh decisions of Creon solidifies Antigone’s stance against him making her act of defiance into a political statement sealing her fate. Sophocles also shows that Antigone’s actions are what ultimately the catalyst that destroys Creon.
Antigone could have conducted her duty in secret, quietly performing Polynices burial rites then return to her place within society. However, Creon’s blatant disregard of familial duty’s…

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