The Family Dies
What would drive three people to self-destruct themselves? It could have been a family tragedy. In Sophocles Antigone Antigone buries her brother, which is against the law, but she still does it and gets sent to a cave to be killed. Creon, the leader, must make a big descion to keep his authority. Through Koryphaios’s conversation with Creon he convinces him not to kill Antigone. Leaders need to enforce laws to keep a country alive.
Haimon, Creon’s son, is engaged to Antigone. Haimon talks to Creon and he gives supportive reasons not to kill her. Creon is very stubborn and won’t listen, because he thinks he is always right. Creon shows signs of Hubris or too much pride or self- confidence. Then Haimon basically tells Creon that he is wrong, but Creon has too much pride to change: “Please be different this once. Believe in what someone else says for once. Whenever a man supposes that he alone has intelligence or expression or feelings, he exposes himself and shows his emptiness but it’s no shame even for a wise man to learn and to relent(49)” Then Koryphaios tries to help Haimon and supports him, but Creon won’t listen: “What he says is to the point, sir. You may do well to learn from him. And you too, from your father both have spoken well (49).” Koryphaios is trying to get Creon to maybe listen to someone else. He thinks that Haimon and Creon should work more together than against each other.
If that wasn’t enough Teiresias, an oracle, tells Creon to let her go. Yet again Creon won’t change. Creon feels if he lets her go his people will lose respect for him. Finally Teiresias has had enough and he cursed Creon. The curse says that is Creon doesn’t let Antigone go then his family shall die by suicide. Koryphaios Informs Creon that Teiresias has never been known to lie, but Creon won’t change his mind: “Creon, I’ve lived a long time, and I, no, none of us has ever known Teiresias to lie (63).” Yet again Koryphaios thinks Creon...
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