Creon And Antigone Character Analysis

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The characters Creon and Antigone, from Sophocles’ Antigone, act as cautionary figures for the audience as they warn against the intense belief in and dedication to a single perspective, as doing so leads to a certain lack of malleability that is detrimental to maintaining a fully functioning society. The onlookers of this play, the Athenian people, come to naturally notice the benefits of remaining within the middle ground between beliefs such as those that Creon and Antigone stood for. The unfortunate events that follow these characters actions accentuate the need for balance between the two components that influence societal laws; these elements become understood as the heavenly or divine laws of the gods, and the written or state laws…show more content…
This new leader declares his belief that regardless of the motivation and logic behind a leader's decrees, regardless of its relation to tyranny, any form of objection is unacceptable. In the eyes of Creon a small act of defiance, unconcerned with the reason, is one step to close to total anarchy and destruction of the state. This dramatic emphasis on this ties directly to the decision that Creon makes later on when he ultimately chooses to make an example out of Antigone. Rather than putting Antigone to death in the way that a common criminal would be, Creon states, “I’ll take her off the beaten track, where no one’s around, and I’ll bury her alive underground, in a grave of stone,” (Sophocles 773-774). Creon finds himself willing to take direct action to bring justice to Antigone and plans to do so in a rather gruesome and memorable way. The authority of the state identifies with the authority of the patriarch. If one is upheld, then the other must be as well. Creon does not know any better than this and discredits all claims that might persuade him otherwise.
Antigone portrays the same issue of unconditional support to a specific viewpoint; however, she lies on the side of the argument as Creon. Her dedication to the divine and moral laws that she naturally feels guided by completely take over all of her actions and thoughts throughout the play. In response to the law Creon has made, Antigone argues:
I never
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