Antigone, A Play Written By Sophocles In The 5th Century B.C. Antigone Somehow Shows How Good People Can Do Evil Things Based On Creon

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Antigone in a sense is about the evil that good people do.Antigone, a play written by Sophocles in the 5th century B.C., is a play enclosed by conflict and problems. Conflicts are evident from the beginning of the play, to the end. Even before the play has even begun, these problems are already evident in the history of the characters in the play. Oedipus for instance had killed his own father and married his mother. Although he was not aware of that fact, this results in Jacasta hanging herself, and Oedipus blinding himself. Their two twin sons, Eteocles and Polynices agree to rule in alternate years, but Eteocles refused to relinquish his rule of Thebes, and as a result Polynices fled to Argos to gain the aid of the Argive army. Polynices and the Argive army attacked the seven gates of Thebes, and the two twins ended up in killing each other. Also, evil is a common factor in this play. If it were not for the evil within Eteocles, then the brothers would not have slayed one another. Furthermore, when Creon gains royal power he refuses to give Eteocles, his nephew, a proper burial and leaves him unburied to rot and get eaten by the animals. As for Polynices, he shall receive all the proper burial rituals. This makes Antigone very mad, as they are both her brothers, and she believes they both should be buried. Although Creon is royalty and is seen to be a good person and respected ruler, when he is angered, his anger blinds him, and the actions he takes portray some evil.When Creon gains power over Thebes, as closest relative to the dead King, he proves to be a great ruler who cares about the right being of his city and townspeople. Creon believes that the city is the most important aspect; he talks about the city as if it were his mother and he would protect it and keep it from harm. " It is the city that protects us all; she bears us through the storm; only when she rides safe and sound can we make loyal friends" (Page 9). Creon believes that his highest priority is the state. One of the things hat Creon hates most are greed and self-interest, and the things he admires in a person are his integrity, honesty, and courage to make the correct choices although he is afraid. "A man who rules a state and will not ever steer the wisest course, but is afraid, and says not what he thinks that man is worthless; and if any holds a friend more account than his own city, I scorn him..." (Page 8). Creon's proclamation, that Eteocles will not be buried, and any one who tries to bury him shall be put to death, shows how Creon is willing to maintain order. The city's welfare is his primary concern, and it is so important to him that he is even willing to go against everyone else's belief and view points especially Antigone, his nephew. "But though she be my niece, or closer still than all our family, she shall not escape the direst penalty..." (Page 17). Also there is evidence that he is a good ruler, Creon also has a darker side, which yields to anger and...

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