Throughout history, there has been those who fight for what they believe in and those who counterstrike these efforts. While the opposers may seem like the villains in the story, it is always possible to liberate them. These sentiments are mirrored in the ideas of both Nelson Mandela’s “Long Walk to Freedom” and Sophocles’ “Antigone.” Mandela’s commitment to the liberation of not only those who are oppressed, but those who have acted as their oppressors is one that can be found in a number of different narratives. Antigone proves Mandela’s ideas regarding oppression through her determination and refusal to submit to Creon’s tyrannical rulings, which lead to his personal liberation and self-reflection by the close of the piece.
Creon, who becomes the new leader of Thebes at the start of “Antigone,” rules with extreme professionalism and control. While these seem like positive traits, they become unreasonable when he decides to put his leadership over his familial bonds. Antigone, much like Mandela, refuses to let consequence come in between her and what she believes to be right. Antigone attempts to liberate Creon during their discussions regarding his plans for their brother, but it is not until she acts on her beliefs that he truly begins to see the wrongfulness of his actions. Antigone tells Creon “I was born to join in love, not hate” (Sophocles 85). In saying this, Antigone foreshadows and provides hope that Creon will be liberated from his original mindset. This idea is