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