Antigone By Creon Character Analysis

Good Essays
“When we know that those in power are morally wrong, do we break their laws, or do we collaborate with them by obeying?” (690). In Antigone, by Sophocles, free will and morals go against the established law and authority. Sophocles tells of the struggles of Antigone with the King of Thebes, Creon. Creon places a law that goes against the divine law of the gods, and Antigone obeys the divine law instead of listening to Creon and suffers unfair consequences because of his hubris. Creon’s arrogance causes most of his family’s deaths because they all feel betrayed. All of this makes the people of Thebes lose their trust in their leader, as the royal family falls apart. Creon’s hubris, arrogance and short temper, make him seem like a tyrant more …show more content…
Creon decrees Polyneices not be buried with military honors. Even though Polyneices fought the same war, for the same just reasons as Eteocles, they are not treated to be equal. This was one of Creon’s first signs of arrogance. When Creon finds out that Antigone tried to bury Polyneices, his temper is out of control and all he sentences her to death. The Sentry tries to get Creon to think about his actions and not act from his anger and Creon gets distressed at the Sentry’s voice. “‘Are you sure that it is my voice, and not your conscience?’” (Sophocles 704). The Sentry sees how Creon knows deep down what he decrees is wrong but ignores those feelings in his conscience. The Sentry tries to speak some sense into Creon by saying he is wrong. “‘How dreadful it is when the right judge judges wrong!’” (Sophocles 704). Here the Sentry describes how the person who punishes wrong doing is judging wrong and punishing the innocent. Creon is most arrogant right before Antigone is sent to her death. His son Haimon, who is enganged to Antigone, tries to speak to Creon and tell him not to be rash. Haimon tells Creon to think of his actions and make them right. “‘You have no right to trample on God’s right,’” (Sophocles ). He, like everyone else, knows Creon is lower than the gods yet still Creon does not see he is in the wrong. Haimon says how Antigone’s …show more content…
Creon’s downfall was all his own doing. He was arrogant and saw too late the wrong he was doing as king of Thebes. “‘That is the truth; but you were late in learning it’” (Sophocles 735). Creon realizes he was the fool and that all the tragic events that have happened are because of his stupid and selfish actions. He abused his power because he thought he could break the laws of the gods and not be punished for it. “‘Her curse is upon you for the deaths of both’” (Sophocles 736). Creon is being punished for all the deaths he caused by not being able to bring death upon him self when he has nothing left to live for. The changes and downfall of Thebes was caused by Creon’s stubbornness and his abuse of power. The downfall of Creon and the royal family and the overall consequences of Creon’s hubris cause the changes of the kingdom of Thebes. Antigone suffers ultimate consequences obeying the gods’ will, primarily because of Creon’s tyranny. Creon’s family all end up dead because of his inability to tell what is right from wrong making him arrogant as he makes his decisions as a ruler. The kingdom of Thebes loses trust in their leader because had become a tyrant as he overused his power as

Related Documents

  • Decent Essays

    This achievement bloated Oedipus’ ego. Later on Oedipus claims that the gods were absent when the people of Thebes were under the threat of the sphinx and he himself had to save them. Oedipus underestimated the gods and perceived that they were not capable of making his fate become reality. These actions caused the gods to be angered with him and did not pity him in his downfall. In addition Oedipus continued to displease the gods when he killed the king out of anger.…

    • 578 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    The only thing that caused him to kill his father is his fatal flaw which is his anger that he cannot control. Anger can make a person to do terrible things without even thinking. It can make a person to decide for cruel things and realize what they’ve done is wrong when it’s already too late. Like for example, Oedipus didn’t listen for to prophecies of Teiresias because the prophet told him that his the one killed the king. “….For the accursed pollutant of this land is you.-Teiresias” “How dare you to utter shameful words like this?…

    • 983 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Creon: A Tragic Hero

    • 626 Words
    • 3 Pages

    It was public knowledge. And yet you dared to break those very laws? Yes. Zeus did not announce those laws to me.” (lines 504-509) Creon began to get angry and feel intimidated when the guard brung Antigone to him and she did not deny the crime she was being accused of. Instead all Antigone says is, “I admit i did it, I won’t deny that.” (line 500) His character is developed as a tragic hero when he quickly get angry with her.…

    • 626 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Lear’s other flaws, arrogance and ignorance, also contribute to his misjudgments. His anger causes him to make rash decisions such as banishing his only two faithful servants. The king almost immediately gives his throne away when his youngest daughter, Cordelia, tells him how she truly feels toward him. In his anger, King Lear misjudges his daughter’s intentions and begins his own destruction. He does the same thing to his servant Kent.…

    • 875 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Creon admits that it was his “blind heart” that spawned his imminent demise and brought him to his “final darkness.” Pride, indeed, undergirds the primary conflicts in Antigone, and Creon realizes that his abuse of authority and power as a result of his hubris emerges as a source of self-destruction rather than strength. Indeed, both Haimon and Antigone take their own lives, which is what causes Creon to have an epiphany and see the errors of his ways. Creon proves unable to shed his hubris and empathize with Antigone, as he cannot see the world through the eyes of others. He falls from a position of great wealth and immense power by standing up for what he believes in despite what the…

    • 732 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Tragic Hero Essay “Lead me away. I have been rash and foolish. I have killed my son and my wife.” -Creon Antigone, the play written by Sophocles, is about the dangers of pride and how it causes catastrophe for Creon. He nevers listens to reason or anybody else because he does not want to admit when he is wrong. He does this out of pride and it eventually ends up accidentally killing the ones he loves most and leaves him with nothing.…

    • 1046 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely” said historian Lord Acton. In Sophocles’ Antigone, Oedipus the King of Thebes has newly departed after disgracing his people, and his successors to the throne Polynices and Eteocles have died in battle, leaving his brother Creon to inherit his throne. From the beginning, Creon uses his newfound power to impose excessive punishments against not only the innocent people of Thebes, but also his family. As a result, the people of Thebes recognize this abuse of power and express their fears through not only the chorus but also his son, whom he both chooses to disregard. Finally, Creon not only abuses the people of Thebes with his power, but also uses it to offend the Gods by intentionally breaking their divine laws.…

    • 1590 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Oedipus had become a tragic hero by the story 's end because he allowed his various imperfections such as anger and hubris to dictate his fate through senseless actions due to the belief in his own superiority. As a result of his excessive pride, Oedipus had allowed his own arrogance to become his downfall because of his blind pursuit of the traitor of Thebes in order to preserve his power resulting in Queen Jocasta 's suicide. Oedipus is destined to endure a life filled with both loneliness and misery because he chose to blind himself rather than follow his wife 's acts of cowardice. However, despite Oedipus 's punishment, he demonstrated his heroism by sacrificing his own happiness once he begged for banishment in order to prevent his children from living a cursed life filled with a shame and so Thebes won 't have to suffer from the plague that his crime created. Despite suffering from his own flaws, Oedipus chose to accept his punishment of never possessing the ability to see and receiving banishment from Creon to ensure the safety of…

    • 1006 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Macbeth Tragic Flaw Essay

    • 1016 Words
    • 4 Pages

    He lets his ambition blind him and it warped his mind to the point where he was no longer Macbeth, loyal servant to Duncan and trusted friend to Banquo; however, now he was a traitor and a tyrant. Ultimately, Macbeth’s acquisition of the crown is a hollow victory and “[h]e does not enjoy the fruits of kingship. His crime leads him only into a perpetual struggle with the forces of chaos and with the shapes of his own disturbed mind” (Cusick). Macbeth has one of the most tragic endings of any king as dies a traitor to those who once served and hated by his subjects and friends. Macbeth thought that he could improve his standing in life; however, he was wrong and in the end he only brought his country into turmoil and lost the love of everyone dear to him.…

    • 1016 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    If the people of Thebes are against Creon, then that might suggest that an act against the government might arise, going against Creon’s intentions of the decree. However, this is irrelevant, because Creon publically shoots this notion down in his court, pointing out that “[Polyneices] made war on his country/… An enemy is an enemy, even dead” (ii. 412-17). Creon justifies his punishment toward Antigone as aiding a traitor, who is a traitor even in death. There is no honor in helping a traitor, but rather great shame in the eyes of the nation.…

    • 769 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays

Related Topics