confant Conflict of Passion and Reason in Sophocles' Antigone

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Conflict of Passion and Reason in Sophocles' Antigone "Ah Creon! Is there no man left in the world” (Sophocles page #). Greek theatre played a large role in Greece. The citizens were supposed to learn from the mistakes made in tragedies. The citizens should have learned what not to be like as a citizen or person. In Antigone, written by Sophocles, there are two main characters, Antigone and Creon. They are both strong willed and stubborn people. Both being unwilling to change, they both seal each other’s fate with their stubbornness, shortsightedness, extreme beliefs and their hubris. Creon is passionate. Antigone is full of rage. They are so similar they cannot see eye to eye. Although they may seem quite different, Creon and…show more content…
Antigone won't listen though, She just tells her "Go away Ismene. I will be hating you soon" (Sophocles page #), in a striking example of her cruelty. Ismene and Antigone have been caring sisters until suddenly Antigone abandons her because she does not agree to help bury their brother. Creon also is cruel to his old friend and prophet, Teirsesias. Teirsesias comes to warn him that if he does not free Antigone bad things will happen, but Creon doesn't believe him. He claims that Teirsesias has "sold out" as a prophet and shows how foolish he is not to trust a long-standing friend who has never been wrong. Creon and Antigone are both plagued by hubris. Creon wants to stand by the law he has made. Antigone is willing to risk it all to stand by the law of the gods and what is right. Creon's stubbornness is clear when his old friend and prophet Teirsesias. Tells him to free Antigone. Creon stubbornly refuses and remarks to the old wise man, "Bribes are baser then any baseness" (Sophocles page #). Creon does not even listen to Teirsesias, who made him king in the first place. He is so stubborn that he refuses to listen claiming that Teirsesias had been corrupted by money and so his pride hampers his good judgment. He is so concentrated on everyone being corrupted that he does not even listen to common sense. His son, Haimon tries to come tell him that he should not sentence Antigone to death. His son siding with her outrages Creon. He tells

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