Oedipus and Creon

Topics: Oedipus, Sophocles, Creon Pages: 2 (677 words) Published: July 2, 2001
ANTIGONE In the play Antigone by Sophocles, the two characters, Antigone and Creon, the king of Thebes both undergo character changes. During the play the audience sees the two character's attitude change from close-minded to open-minded and it's their close-minded attitudes that caused such tragic events.

In the beginning of the play Antigone is a closed minded character who later becomes open-minded and Creon's closed mindedness comes into play from when he is set the new ruler. "As long as I am King, no traitor is going to be honored with the side of the State, he shall have my respect while he living and my reverence when he is dead" (170-173). Creon is convinced that as long he is king that this is the way it will be and he is convinced it is the right way to rule. After the death of Antigone's two brother, Eteocles and Polyneices, Creon becomes the new ruler of Thebes. Creon gives Eteocles a funeral because "Eteocles, who died as a man should die, fighting for his country, is to be buried with full military honors, with all the ceremony that is usual when the greatest heroes die" (159-162). However, "Polyneices, who broke his exile to come back with fire and sword against his native city and the shrines of his father's gods, whose one idea was to spill the blood of his blood and sell his own people in slavery"¦is to have no burial" (162-166). Antigone disagrees with Creon's unjust actions and she vows to bury her brother so that his soul may gain peace in the underworld. Knowing that Creon said "Polyneices if to have no burial: no man is to touch him or say the least prayer for him: he shall lie on the plain, unburied; and the birds and the scavenging dogs can do with him whatever they like." (165-168). She is torn between the law placed against burying her brother and her own thoughts of doing what she feels what should be done for her family. Antigone knows that she is in danger of being killed for her actions, "I say that this crime is holy: I shall...
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