The Importance Of Creon In Shakespeare 'By Sophocles' Antigone

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In Antigone, it is generally believed that the gods possess limitless power and are able to control the fate of every mortal, no matter how powerful. However, there are also people who believe that they can change their fate, only if they have enough power. Creon, the most powerful mortal in the play, is one of those people. Due to the unmatched amount of power he has over Thebes, Creon feels he is able to challenge the gods and the fate given to him. After attempting to do so, he finds himself stuck with a tragic fate, resulting in the loss of everything dear to him, including his power. Sophocles uses Creon as a way to show that everyone has a physical limit, but not a mental limit. When our thoughts and beliefs cause us to act beyond that physical limit, fate will always be there to provide the acceptable consequences.
The play introduces Creon as a character whose power enables him to do as he pleases. After becoming the king of Thebes, he immediately recognizes his power. Shortly after being introduced into the play, Creon passes a proclamation stating, “ Never at my hand will the traitor be honored above the patriot.” (Lines 232-233). Due to his personal beliefs towards the sons of Oedipus, Creon passes a law forbidding the burial of Polynices, the brother who fought against Thebes during war. In no attempt to object, the Leader responds saying, “ The power is yours, I suppose, to enforce it with the laws, both for the dead and all of us, the living.” (Lines 238-240).
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