Creon took the throne after a tragic quarrel between his two nephews, Eteocles and Polyneices. Scenes 4 and 5 Scene 4: Antigone is taken to the place where she is to die. I will also discuss rather if I agree or not with the critics on Antigone. Creon is the King of Thebes, as well as the uncle of Antigone. If a distance runner attempts to apply pacing to a short sprint he has lost the race before approaching the start.
His hubris alienates Teiresias, Haimon, and his people. And in accord with them is the edict which I have now published to the folk touching the sons of Oedipus; that Eteocles, who hath fallen fighting for our city, in all renown of arms, shall be entombed, and crowned with every rite that follows the noblest dead to their rest. In the first, he makes an effort to get Creon t … o change his stubborn mind about non-burial of the disloyal Theban dead and about the death sentence for Princess Antigone, Haemon's betrothed and Creon's niece. In order to persuade the Elders and his audience, Creon employs the use of adros. Angry and defiant, Antigone challenges Ismene to help her bury their brother Polynices. He threatens to torture the sentry if the sentry doesn't find the man who buried Polynices. Antigone is a Greek tragic piece written by Sophocles.
We receive further evidence that not all citizens of Thebes are pleased with the new king. But I will still stand in front of you, the jury, and defend my client. For example, he identifies the likelihood of branches to break when they do not bend in a storm and of ships to sink or stray when their sails are not adjusted to waves and winds. Creon tries to give the impression that he is not really in control; if it were up to him, as an individual, things would be different. Haemon's departure and the revelation of Antigone's already-committed crime give way to the scene of its report to Creon.
However, evidence supports that Creon, and not Antigone, is the tragic hero of the play. First, Creon withholds the respect of his citizens but it is clear to them he is not perfect through his pride tragic flaw. The Thebans have defeated an invading army from Argos. H … aemon declares that the best information sources are the range of opinions from those of standard traditional wise men to the fresh insights of women and youth. He gives her an out by asking if she had heard the decree. Antigone, Polynices' sister, has a very different view.
An argument ensues with Antigone claiming she was merely obeying the laws of the gods and that Creon will be punished. She lets her uncle King Creon know how accomplished she feels ab … out burying her brother Polyneices, disobeying the unjust edict of non-burial and expecting punishment in full from someone she so dislikes and disrespects. The machine has been oiled since time began. One of these characters is the protagonist; the other is the antagonist. Additionally, he is greatly affected by the environment he creates around himself.
Suspense is created by Sophocles as the audience learns of the punishment Creon and his law would inflict on Antigone if she defied it. Creon makes it a law that no man is to touch Polyneices or say the least prayer for him. After the death of Eteocles and Polyneices at each other 's hand, Eteocles was given a ceremonial burial but the body of Polyneices, who was labeled a traitor as a result of Creon 's edict, was left unburied and rotting. He unsuccessfully attempts to kill Creon and then kills himself. The leader of the chorus suggests that this might be the work of the gods. On particular idea was that Sophocles believed that hubris is destructive and will eventually lead to one's demise. Antigone responds that she won't let Ismene join in the glory of burying their brother even if Ismene changes her mind.
However it is later known that this is far from the truth, as his insecurity, cruelty and impulsiveness are concealed. However, Creon decrees that the traitorous Polyneices will be left to rot in the wilderness. Throughout the whole play Creon believed the idea that he was above the law of the Gods and his decrees cannot be disputed. But in actuality, Creon, not Antigone, is the tragic hero. At the same time, the play is also clearly invested in Antigone's virgin death. She begs Antigone to think of all of the tragedy that has already befallen their family and to recognize that they are women with less power than men—particularly the king. He maintains that it insults Eteocles the loyalist to be buried in the same way as his twin brother Polyneices the traitor.
He has no interest in the impacts of his policies. He likes it that … way. An argument over rights to power forces Polynices to leave Thebes. First and foremost, she takes it as a personal rebuke against herself. Although one can argue that the hero of the play is Antigone and that the play is centered on her journey through pain and suffering; they must come to realization that the true hero is Creon for he goes through the most physical and mental pain and must suffer an irreversible spiral of doom. Self — Ismene initially decides to not help her sister, yet claims responsibility afterward.
Prince Haemon, Antig … one's betrothed, makes an effort to get Creon to change his mind. With his own sword Haemon kills himself in 'Antigone'. Antigone asks Ismene to help her, Ismene says no, so Antigone does it herself. Person — Antigone battles Creon, insomuch that he represents the state. Oedipus accidentally killed his father and married his mother. He … makes sure that everyone inside the palace knows of the provisions of his edict of non-burial of the disloyal Theban dead.
Society — Antigone fights the establishment in order to expose an unjust law an ancient appeal to. It must be followed by the perpetrator's suicide. Antigone and her first cousin commit to marriage through a betrothal that i … s in effect before the play begins. He insists that the most effective ruler decides on his own about all things for all people. He makes the mistake of testing the Gods' power and the remaining story is basically the degeneration of Creon.