The Death Of Oedipus ' Antigone By Sophocles Essay

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The play “Antigone” by Sophocles, details the death of Oedipus’ two sons, Polyneices and Eteocles in a fight for the crown of Thebes. Creon, now the leader of Thebes learns of the battle and decides to give Eteocles a proper burial while Polyneices is forbidden to be buried believing he is a traitor to his city. Antigone, sister of Polyneices and Eteocles, believes her uncle is wrong and begins to challenge his rule resulting in punishment and deaths throughout the play. Creon’s impulsive actions in this play lead to the death of his family, which weighs on his conscience. In the beginning Creon brings along great ideas but is unable to fulfil them when the time comes leading to him ultimately failing at his job of being the King of Thebes due to close mindedness and an inability to listen to others before it is too late. When Creon is appointed the crown of King of Thebes, he brings along with him great ideas and realizes he must gain the respect of these people. Creon is a newcomer to being a ruler a of large city, but does not let this new found power go to his head, he knows he must earn the appreciation from his townspeople. In his first speech to the chorus Creon states “I am aware, of course, that no Ruler can expect complete loyalty from his subjects until he has been tested in office. Nevertheless, I say to you at the very outset that I have nothing but contempt for the kind of Governor who is afraid, for whatever reason, to follow the course that he knows is best…

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