Compare And Contrast Antigone And Creon

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After reading Antigone by Sophocles, readers may believe that the two main characters, Antigone and Creon, seem like polar opposites. However, after digging a little deeper, readers are able to come to a final conclusion that although both characters may not always see eye to eye, they carry a number of similar traits. The characters seem to be so alike that it results in the two to constantly disagree, leading towards the two to continuously find new differences and flaws within each other. They don’t exactly have the same views, for example, Antigone seems to put family over everything else while Creon’s loyalty is more concerned with the well-being of Thebes. However, the two characters do have many similar internal characteristics. They are independent, confident, and stubborn when they want to be. Throughout the play, whenever these two characters are interacting with each other, it is like fire coming in contact with gasoline. Readers are able to sense the tension between them. It is apparent that one of the main issues these two have with each other are differences in views. From the beginning, readers can tell that family plays a significant role in Antigone’s life. Antigone’s brother had been killed in a war and due to the side he was fighting on; he was considered a traitor towards Thebes. Because of this, Creon has made the act of burying his body illegally. Antigone tells her sister hat she wants to defy the laws of her homeland and give her brother the proper burial that she feels he deserves. She even states, “I’ll bury him myself. And
Allen 2 even if I die in the act, that death will be a glory” (Sophocles 926). At this moment, Antigone was willing to risk her own life by putting her respect for her family member first. Creon, on the other hand, seems to hold more interest in Thebes and his own image in front of its people. He would put his own niece to death for disobeying him and his laws over allowing her act of defiance to slide. Another difference which can be spotted throughout the play is the projection of emotions that the two give off. Antigone seems like more of a fervent, headstrong individual. Creon, on the other hand, sends readers more of an emotionless and insensible
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