Creon Essay

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The Ruling of Man Men have always been looked at as inferior to women no matter what the situation may be. That is how ancient Greece and many other parts of the world operated. Women were never respected and their opinions showed no value to the benefit of their superior man. It is quite an unfair system, however that was the way things were run in the past. In Sophocles ‘Antigone’ women however are portrayed in a different light. They are shown to be brave, relentless and strong human beings. Even though they are portrayed this way does not mean that there were not any others who disagreed differently. Creon a powerful tyrant as portrayed in “Antigone” is obsessed with maintaining the subordination of women. The play begins with…show more content…
He does not understand why she would commit such a heinous act; he perceives her taking this as a joke to break a rule that he has set into place. He even states her actions make her seem to be a man. He “swears [he is] no man and she the man, if she can win this and not pay for it.”(pg 179 ln528). This shows that he is baffled by this action that a women would do such a thing, he see’s only men to do such an action and rebel but no women to contain the bravery to commit this crime. Antigone on the contrary states that her actions are just and they were in support of her brother, “[her] nature is to join in love, not hate” (pg 181, Ln 576). She believes in honoring her brother as the family she once had no matter what actions he may have done. But Creon again undermines this women’s statement and commands her to “go then to the world below, yourself, if you must love. Love them” (pg 181, Ln 577). He stands his ground and proclaims that “when [he is] alive no woman shall rule”(pg 181 Ln 578). Putting down the voice of women, he expresses how women’s opinions have no say in what is right and just for the people of Thebes. Creons own son haemon disagrees with his ruling and argues with his father in not putting the two sisters to death. Creon again shows his persistence in maintaining women’s roles when he states that “[haemon] is on the woman’s side] (pg190, Ln 803). It shows that is no longer about the burial of a traitor but the sides of man and women. He

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