Antigone says of her decision: “I didn't say yes. I can say no to anything I say vile, and I don't have to count the cost. But because you said yes, all that you can do, for all your crown and your trappings, and your guards—all that your can do is to have me killed.” Whenever an object receives a title, some people will disagree with the name. Some people feel that certain songs should consist of different names, some books should possess alternative titles, and some plays would better represent their meaning under different names. For example, take the Harry Potter series J.K Rowling chose to name her fourth book in the series Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Although the Goblet of Fire appears in the story, a compelling argument could be made that a title of Harry Potter and the Triwizard Tournament or Harry Potter and the Return of Lord Voldemort would better suit the book. These themes are present throughout the story, where as the Goblet of Fire only makes a small appearance. Nobody knows a work of art better then the artist, and nobody knows Sophocles plays better then Sophocles himself. Although a plausible argument can be made that Creon would be a better, more fitting title for the third play of Oedipus, the argument to keep the title as Antigone is just as strong. Therefore, it is only fitting that the title originally created by the author should remain in use.
Although Creon may be the king of Thebes, and in control, Antigone fulfills the role of the catalyst in the downfall of Creon. True, Creon made the law that nobody could bury Polynices, yet without Antigone defying the law and going against Creon, the likelihood of Creon experiencing such a dramatic downfall decreases to almost nothing. Antigone directly leads to the downfall of Creon, and without her deciding to bury Polynices, nothing happens to Creon. Antigone forces his hand, making him stand tall in his belief, giving him no choice but to follow through on his punishment of her. The following quote from Antigone states that because Creon made a law prohibiting the burial, he now faces no choice but to punish Antigone with death, no other option exists for him.
ANTIGONE. Is there something more you want? Or just my life?
CREON. Not a thing, by God! It gives me what I want.
ANTIGONE. Why dawdle then? Your conversation / is hardly something I enjoy, or ever could / nor mine be more acceptable to you. (Ant. 1.2
The quote exemplifies how although Creon makes the choice to kill Antigone, no alternative existed because of what Antigone did. She willingly went against him, and she is now willingly accepting her fate.
Also, Antigone provides the spark that causes the ruin of Creon. Her choice, to go against the king and follow what she believes is morally right sets off a chain of events that ultimately results in the downfall of Creon, and the deaths of Haemon and Eurydices. As soon as Creon decided to not allow the burial of Polynices, he eliminates any choice. If...