Many would argue that the true protagonist of the drama “Antigone,” written by Sophocles, is Creon. Though Antigone kills her self in this drama, I would oppose and say Antigone is both a protagonist and an antagonist, and that Creon is also plays both roles.
Both Creon and Antigone play big roles in this drama, as well as the theme “Gods law vs. Creon’s law.” Antigone has a lot of loyalty towards the gods, and does not care about “Creon’s Law.” In this case, god’s law represents Antigone’s viewpoint, and Creon’s represents Creon’s viewpoint. This theme is a common argument in “Antigone” between Creon and Antigone, because of these arguments the characters have through out the play I would deem both characters to be antagonists. In scene 2 of “Antigone” the argument of Creon’s law and Gods law first takes place:
Creon- And yet you dared defy the law.
Antigone- I dared. -It was not God’s proclamation (2.56-57)
A protagonist is a main character in a story, drama, poem, etc. that commonly experiences a change, and has a tragic flaw. Creon undergoes the most vicissitudes throughout “Antigone.” At first Creon is entirely in the mentality that his outlook is correct, that the god’s would not show kindness to such a man as Polyneices, and would not want him to be buried. “The gods favor this corpse? Why? How had he served them? Tried to loot their temples, burn their images.” (1.240-241) However, by the end of this drama after the death of Antigone, Haimon, and Teiresias, Creon realizes that his view was vastly wrong and is shameful for having so much pride. This causes Creon to sense a great deal of mortification. “Fate has brought all my pride to a thought of dust. “ (ODE IV.1038)
Antigone is also a protagonist in this play, as well as a tragic heroine. In the opening of “Antigone” we learn that her siblings have slain each other in a fight over their father’s power. Creon is now the novel king, and announces to the...