The Gratifying Qualities Of Sophocles ' Antigone

1567 Words Sep 22nd, 2015 7 Pages

Shanice Douglas
Ms. Masterson
English Honors II
September 18, 2015

The gratifying qualities of Sophocles tragedians plays, establishes him as one of the most infamous playwrights in Greek history. His refreshingly realistic themes and contradictory characters remain the topic of conversations today. Sophocles’ unorthodox approach of a female character also set him aside from other renowned playwrights. In his play Antigone, audiences are still indecisive on who is the tragic hero; Antigone or Creon. City law versus natural law is the primary issue in Antigone, characters are conflicted with the choice of breaking the law in order to do what is right. The events that occur display Sophocles’s view on human behavior and
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His excessive pride causes him to believe she buried Polyneices for the sole purpose of stripping him of his power, rather than out of love she has for her brother and loyalty to the God’s. In addition to his vow to punish whoever buried Polyneices even if it is family, Creon displays some misogynistic views. He constantly refers to the criminal as a man before Antigone is found suggests that he thinks women are incapable of such tasks. The fact that the crime was committed by a woman fueled his need for punishment, because he did not want to be seen as weak when a woman tests his authority.
When Creon is confronted by his son, Haemon who pleads with Creon to listen to the people of Thebes and spare Antigone’s life for she did nothing wrong. Creon’s stubbornness makes him refuse to listen to other’s opinions because only he can decide what is best for Thebes. “You’ve seen trees by a raging winter torrent, how many sway with the flood and salvage any twig, not the stubborn they’re ripped out roots and all” (Sophocles 753-754) Haemon respectfully tells his father to loosen his grip on the city because being stubborn will only hurt Thebes. Creon did not want to be lectured by his own son, so their argument ends without any resolution. Creon hubris once again clouded his ability to listen and appreciate others opinions. Creon is again confronted, but this time by a blind prophet named Teiresias. Teiresias does not bring good news, he informs Creon of his direct
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