Antigone

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Antigone


Family is supposed to be the ultimate support, everlasting, and always ready to forgive.
In Antigone by Sophocles, Creon is immersed in a "power trip" that alienates and even
kills his family. He caused his son, Haemon's death, his wife, Eurydice's death and
Antigone's death. Creon views himself as the perfect leader, believes he is always
correct, and in turn has to live with the guilt of three deaths that were his fault.


Antigone goes alone to bury Polynices and deliberately disobeys Creon's law. Antigone not
only lost her two brothers, but she will lose her respect for her family and the gods if
she does not bury Polynices. When Creon finds out that Antigone has disobeyed him and only
wants to die, he tries to argue with her, but she remains strong to her word. Immediately,
Creon realizes he cannot argue with Antigone and says, "While I'm alive, no woman is going
to lord it over me"(86). Creon does not let his relation with Antigone as her uncle affect
his dealing with Antigone in any way. He swears to punish her even if she is family. His
job is to protect and uphold the laws of the state. If he does not punish Antigone he will
look as though he is a weak ruler. Since Creon is related to Antigone, he must carry out
the punishment of Antigone so the people of Thebes will see him as a strong and powerful
king.


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