The Similarities Between Creon and Antigone








"Ah Creon! Is there no man left in the world-" Teirsesias 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 a
Greek trilogy written by Sophocles there are two ma in
characters, Antigone and Creon. They are both strong willed and
stubborn people. Both being unwilling to change, they both seal
each others fate. Creon is passionate. . Antigone is full of
rage. They are both so similar they can not see eye to eye .
Although they may seem quite different, Creon and Antigone share
many similarities throughout the story. They are both very
independent people. Antigone is extremely independent.. She
doesn't mind doing anything on her own. For example, in the
beginning of the story when Antigone is talking with Ismene, she
asks for her help . When Ismene refuses she is furious with her.
Then Ismene decides to act independently. Creon is also very
independent. He refuses to accept anyone's opinions except his
own. When his son Haimon comes to talk with him he refuses to
listen , claiming that Haimon is "girlst ruck!" and corrupted .
Teirsesais comes and tells him a morbid prophecy. Creon will not
listen to this either. He claims that Teirsesais has been
corrupted by money, like many prophets at that time. He finally
listens to the Charagous when reminded th at Teiresias has never
been wrong. Antigone has no problem working by her self either.
She demonstrates this when she slipped by all the guards that
were protecting the dead body of Polyneices. Creon and Antigone
are both independent, and they are both very loyal. They are
loyal to their views. Creon is especially loyal to his laws.
Antigone is loyal to her beliefs. Creon will not change his laws.
An example of this occurs when he and An tigone argue. He calls
her "A traitor" For giving a burial for her dead brother
Polyneices. He is so loyal to his own laws that he fails to see
that he is disobeying the law of the gods. Antigone puts the laws
of the gods ahead of the laws of the state s. She goes ahead and
buries her brother. Which was strictly prohibited by Creon. This
shows her short-sightedness is because she only does what she
thinks the gods want. Instead of abiding by the law that Creon
decreed. Creon is also short-sighted because he refuses to
believe any other opinions or laws than his own. Creon and
Antigone are both so loyal which can also make them very extreme.
Creon is an extremist in reason. He thinks his law is the most
important. Antigone is an extremist of passion. Creon is
unwilling to put the god's law above his law. He is u nwilling to
listen to the passionate pleas of his son to let Antigone live.
He instead puts his laws first, and states that if he lets
Antigone live after she has broken his law, "How shall I earn the
worlds obedience?" His extreme will, later leads to his son's
death because he thinks his son has been corrupted by Antigone.
Antigone is equally as extreme and she will not listen to the
reasoning of her sister Ismene. Ismene reminds her of the
problems and dangers she is undertaking when she goes ou t to
bury Polyneices. Antigone will not listen though, and this ends
up killing her as well. Because Creon and Antigone are very
extreme in their ways this can also make them cruel and foolish
people. Creon is quite cruel to everyone around him. He never
once listens to anyone, but instead he acts foolishly and hurts
everyone. When he is talk ing to his son Haimon, he retorts that
Haimon is "a fool" and that he is, "Taken in by a woman!" These
words and his fathers attitude hurts Haimon and he becomes filled
with rage towards his foolish father. Antigone is also cruel and
foolish. Especial ly to her sister Ismene. Ismene tries to help
Antigone in the start of the play. When she tries to tell
Antigone not to risk everything to