Creon, Antigone, and Oedipus have different personalities and roles, but they also share similarities. Whom do you want me to leave dying, while I turn away my eyes? Brother-in-law of Oedipus, Creon becomes king of Thebes when Oedipus's two sons die while battling each other for control of the city. Finally, the character has an anagnorisis, which is their epiphany that makes them realize their hamartia and see their place in the universe. In Antigone, by Sophocles, there is conflict between the characters Antigone and Creon. The civil war ended in death for both brothers, so their uncle, Creon, assumed the role of King of Thebes.
Anouilh is interested in the idea of choice, which plays a vital role in the work. However, despite this fierce rivalry between the two sisters, when Creon is threatening Ismene with death and imprisonment if she does not stop her attempts to bury her brother, Ismene is quick to jump to her defense, stating that if Creon locks Antigone up, Ismene will simply take over and die alongside her for their treason. The characters Antigone and Creon from the play Antigone are tragic heroes that were unable to swallow their pride and let go of their stubborn ways. Antigone is of the view that the king can get her killed, but she is not going to step down on her thought. His hubris leaves him without a queen or a son. Eteocles and Polyneices, sons of King Oedipus, are willed to share the throne, but war breaks out between them when one of them refuses to step down.
By focusing the play on the tragic heroism of Creon but having the foil of his character as the protagonist, Antigone, Sophocles creates a vision of tragedy which is as complex as the human condition it explores. The unbreathable silence when, at the beginning of the play, the two lovers, their hearts bared, their bodies naked, stand for the first time face to face in the darkened room, afraid to stir. Yes, but her brazen attitude towards death masks the fact that she broke the law and her attitude ultimately digs her grave. He is basically good, but he can easily be lead astray by his own flaws as the reader sees immediately. Once again, though, what seems to be a flaw is also in some ways a virtue. Would the unburying of the body nullify her work? Too bad it took Creon so long to figure it out. The term hubris, on the other hand, means excessive pride, and for the Ancient Greeks it meant putting one's self before the gods.
The chorus replies that man is responsible for his own actions, and he decides his own fate. Creon is not strong enough to stand in my way. I can say no to anything I say vile, and I don't have to count the cost. But the king, aghast by her violation of law, decides to get her executed. At the same time—they are policemen: eternally innocent, no matter what crimes are committed; eternally indifferent, for nothing that happens can matter to them.
Creon never responds to the argument, choosing instead to attack the speaker. The tragic hero must be of noble birth, be basically good, must have a tragic flaw, and must have a moment of realization at some point in the work. Vous n'avez que ce mot-là à la bouche, tous, depuis que je suis toute petite. Creon finally realizes that his hubris has not let him effectively deal with his conflicts. She is the only one who knows, at this point. Even before tomorrow: this afternoon.
Antigone is not merely duty driven, but emotionally driven. Creon's pride will not allow Antigone to go unpunished; doing so would make Creon less than a man because he allowed a woman to have power over him. What are the unimportant little sins that I shall have to commit before I am allowed to sink my teeth into life and tear happiness from it! Let's analyze the text to see where their pride originated and how something so seemingly positive became their fatal flaw. Or perchance The gods bestow their favors on the bad. Moreover, the Greeks supported absolute monarchs, however, simultaneously they also believed in divine law and had a profound amount of respect for the gods and their laws.
Haemon counters that Creon has gone too far and has defied the gods. When the laws are broken, what of his city then? Antigone never has a moment of recognition. Antigone is more than basically good; she never waivers from her position because she knows that she is right, whereas Creon stands somewhere in the middle of the road. At the very end of this play, Creon finally realized his wrong doings and he said, I was the fool, not you. Upon whom shall I have to fawn! Creon, on the other hand, transcends the boundaries of pride, showing the audience what happens when hubris takes over. Though fond of Antigone, Creon will have no choice but to but to execute her. Creon has too much pride, and the gods do not like that.
Analysis: Haemon attempts to save his fianceé and his father with wise counsel. You took a solemn oath! It could quite possibly be him knowing his own strength and power compared to everyone else. Not to be brutal but to set example for his people. The plays become tragically ironic when these good intentions bring misery and horror for all. Both are killed, and King Creon takes over.
By the time Antigone rolls around, Creon, the play's antagonist, has become an absolute tyrant. All men make mistakes, it is only human. Creon will not listen to anyone. The Arabs could have peace tomorrow if sufficient numbers of Palestinians were not content to be used as cannon fodder in fruitless assaults on Israel, even as the surrounding Arab powers distract the Arab masses with the red herring of Israel while retarding their countries with their repression and corruption. A strong leader would also be able to recognize his faults, but not Creon.