The similarites in Antigone and Creon


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The similarities between Creon and Antigone
"Ah Creon! Is there no man left in the world-" Teirsesias

Greek theatre played a large role in Greece. The citizens were supposed to learn
from the mistakes made in tragedies. The citizens should have learned what not to be like
as a citizen or person. In a Greek trilogy written by Sophocles there are two main
characters, Antigone and Creon. They are both strong willed and stubborn people. Both
being unwilling to change, they both seal each others fate. Creon is passionate. .
Antigone is full of rage. They are both so similar they can not see eye to eye. Although
they may seem quite different, Creon and Antigone share many similarities throughout
the story.
They are both very independent people. Antigone is extremely independent.. She
doesn\'t mind doing anything on her own. For example, in the beginning of the story
when Antigone is talking with Ismene, she asks for her help . When Ismene refuses she
is furious with her. Then Ismene decides to act independently. Creon is also very
independent. He refuses to accept anyone\'s opinions except his own. When his son
Haimon comes to talk with him he refuses to listen , claiming that Haimon is "girlstruck!"
and corrupted . Teirsesais comes and tells him a morbid prophecy. Creon will not listen
to this either. He claims that Teirsesais has been corrupted by money, like many
prophets at that time. He finally listens to the Charagous when reminded that Teiresias
has never been wrong. Antigone has no problem working by her self either. She
demonstrates this when she slipped by all the guards that were protecting the dead body
of Polyneices.
Creon and Antigone are both independent, and they are both very loyal. They are
loyal to their views. Creon is especially loyal to his laws. Antigone is loyal to her
beliefs. Creon will not change his laws. An example of this occurs when he and
Antigone argue. He calls her "A traitor" For giving a burial for her dead brother
Polyneices. He is so loyal to his own laws that he fails to see that he is disobeying the
law of the gods. Antigone puts the laws of the gods ahead of the laws of the states. She
goes ahead and buries her brother. Which was strictly prohibited by Creon. This shows
her short-sightedness is because she only does what she thinks the gods want. Instead of
abiding by the law that Creon decreed. Creon is also short-sighted because he refuses to
believe any other opinions or laws than his own.
Creon and Antigone are both so loyal which can also make them very extreme.
Creon is an extremist in reason. He thinks his law is the most important. Antigone is an
extremist of passion. Creon is unwilling to put the god\'s law above his law. He is
unwilling to listen to the passionate pleas of his son to let Antigone live. He instead puts
his laws first, and states that if he lets Antigone live after she has broken his law, "How
shall I earn the worlds obedience?" His extreme will, later leads to his son\'s death
because he thinks his son has been corrupted by Antigone. Antigone is equally as
extreme and she will not listen to the reasoning of her sister Ismene. Ismene reminds her
of the problems and dangers she is undertaking when she goes out to bury Polyneices.
Antigone will not listen though, and this ends up killing her as well.
Because Creon and Antigone are very extreme in their ways this can also make
them cruel and foolish people. Creon is quite cruel to everyone around him. He never
once listens to anyone, but instead he acts foolishly and hurts everyone. When he is
talking to his son Haimon, he retorts that Haimon is "a fool" and that he is, "Taken in by
a woman!" These words and his fathers attitude hurts Haimon and he becomes filled
with rage towards his foolish father. Antigone is also cruel and foolish. Especially to her
sister Ismene. Ismene tries to help Antigone in the start of the play. When she tries to
tell Antigone not to risk everything to please the gods. Antigone won\'t listen though, She
just tells her "Go away Ismene. I will be hating you soon", in a striking example of her
cruelty. Ismene and Antigone have been caring sisters until suddenly Antigone abandons
her because she