Antigone vs. Creon

Topics: Morality, Ethics, Moral Pages: 3 (928 words) Published: October 24, 2007
"Morality is always the product of terror; its chains and strait-waistcoats are fashioned by those who dare not trust others, because they dare not trust themselves, to walk in liberty," writes author Aldous Huxley. In "Antigone" the root of Creon's immoral behavior is not an inability to distinguish between what is wrong and what is right, but, rather, a fear or a terror of what may occur if he were to choose the morally right way to operate. "Very well, I am afraid, then. Does that satisfy you? I am afraid that if you insist upon it, I shall have you killed. And I don't want to (46)." Antigone acts in the complete opposite manner to Creon. She, as Creon can, is able to differentiate from right and wrong and is not afraid of the consequences of what acting on her morals may bring. These consequences have almost a reverse effect when compared with Creon; when faced with the consequences, she expects them and is almost too willing to deal with them. "You are mistaken. Quite the contrary. I never doubted for an instant you would have me put to death (41)."

In "Antigone", the characters of Creon and Antigone stand for two completely different, completely opposite, feelings and belief systems. Creon stands for numbness; a numbness that encompasses what he does, how he copes with what he does, and his morals. "Kings, my girl, have other things to do than to surrender themselves to their private feelings (42)." Creon does not bother himself with what he personally thinks is right or wrong, he detaches himself from his state of being as a person and creates just the entity "Creon the King". This way he, Creon, never encounters or solves any moral dilemmas for he has "Creon the King" for that. Antigone on the other hand, represents strong ethics, courage, and righteousness: "alive" to Creon's numb. "I didn't say "yes". I can say no to anything I think vile, and I don't have to count the cost. But because you said yes, all that you can do, for all your crown and...
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