Creon In Antigone

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“All that misery which stems from Oedipus? There’s no suffering, no shame, no ruin - not one dishonor - which I have not seen in all the troubles you and I go through” (Lines, 4-8). The downfall of the family begins with Oedipus, as he unknowingly commits his father’s murdering, goes off to marry his mother, and bornes his siblings. The city of Thebes, where the family resides is once under his power, as he is a successful ruler - rescuing it from an awful plague. However, his unpunished crimes then lead the Gods to cast a deadly curse on the city. As a result, he exiles himself, leaving the throne to his uncle or brother-in-law Creon - along with the responsibility of caring for his children, as their mother committed suicide. Creon however,…show more content…
As king, he believes it is his sole duty to punish those who commit hellish acts and reward those who commit angelic acts. Therefore, his interpretation of Polyneices’ actions lead to his unchangeable motive for Antigone. Creon is so set upon punishing Antigone, that he completely ignores his son’s feelings. He is caught insulting his son in multiple instances, and even goes as far as to say “Go bring her out - that hateful creature, so she can die here, with him present, before her bridegroom’s eyes” (Lines, 868-870). Also, during the play, it is revealed that women are looked down upon at the time, especially by Creon. In defiance of Creon’s beliefs, Haemon supports Antigone - a woman - over his father, a man and more importantly the King. He is faced with much hate and criticism from his father, as a result. Creon, at one point says “You foul creature - you’re worse than any woman” and “You woman’s slave - don’t try to win me over” (Lines 852-853, 860-861). When he says this he is referring to Antigone and how he thinks she has corrupted his…show more content…
He believes that although Antigone commits what the King considers a horrifying crime, she deserves glory as opposed to the punishment she is receiving. He argues this point to his father by stating “They say of all women here she least deserves the worst of deaths for her most glorious act. When in the slaughter of her own brother died, she did not leave him unburied, to be ripped apart by carrion dogs or birds. Surely she deserves some golden honour?” (Lines 788-792). Creon later states “You’ll never marry her while she’s alive” (Line 858). Haemon feels so strongly about his views affiliated with his father’s edict on his love that he responds with “Then she’ll die - and in her death kill someone else” and “She’ll not die with me just standing there. And as for you - your eyes will never see my face again” (Lines, 859,

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