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 does not agree to help bury
their brother. Creon also is cruel to his old friend and prophet, Teirsesias.
Teirsesias comes to warn him that