Essay about The Death Of The King

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Is it wrong for the king to punish people who do not obey the law? What if those people are relatives? In 440 B.C, almost every country was a monarchy, which means the king was a lawmaker of the country and people must obey the law. The king should be a person who is strict to the law and people can rely on. Creon is qualified to be a great king; he strictly follows the law, but unfortunately he is too obsessed with the law until the point that he has no compromise and mercy. The characterization of Creon is confident, ambitious, law following, but also persistent and pessimistic. Even though parts of Creon’s actions are fit to the character of the king, but these characteristics can easily hurt people around him including the family and also, himself. Sophocles is writing the character this way to show the audience that the characteristics, which are considered a positive in a ruler, can have really negative effects.
After the result of the battle between Eteocles and Polyneices, the recent King of Thebes, Creon, announces to people that no one would touch Polyneices’s body or bury him. Polyneices and Eteocles are both the sons of the previous ruler, Oedipus, but instead of fighting for the country, Polyneices is an opponent of his brother and fights against the country. However, both princes have two sisters, Antigone and Ismene. To Creon, Antigone and Ismene are his nieces, which means Polyneices is also his nephew. As an uncle position, Creon still makes an announcement…

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