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Compare And Contrast Antigone And Creon

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In the play “Antigone,” Sophocles portrays both Antigone and Creon as tragic protagonists. Both characters become conflicted with each other after Antigone buries her brother Polyneices although Creon has forbidden anyone from burying or mourning him. This begins the conflict of the state which Creon represents the law of the state vs the family which Antigone represents the law of the gods or the underworld. On one hand, Antigone is enacting divine justice of the gods by bringing back the soul of her brother to the underworld. She goes against the law of man for the sake of the law of gods. While Creon believes to be carrying out what has to be done for the sake of the state, as he is the king and wants to bring justice in his way. He believed that Polyneices wanted to burn his fatherland and the gods. I believe this is Creon’s tragedy due to his hubris, or excessive prideful actions that have lead him to a loss of life by the end of the play. For a tragedy to be a tragedy as stated by Aristotle, the story must cause a catharsis, and by the end of the play we witness Creon realizing what he does wrong and States “everything I touch turns against me, my head bows to the fate that has leapt on it.”
At first, we see that Antigone is living a tragedy due to the actions of her father and half-brother Oedipus has taken. Oedipus had killed his father and married his mother without any knowledge that they were his parents. After he learns about what he has done he gouges his eyes
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