The Corrupt Nature of Mankind in Sophocles’ Antigone
Creon’s rash decisions and arrogant nature is the main problem for the corruption of mankind. The nature of mankind, as portrayed in Sophocles’ Antigone is corrupt in existence, thought, and knowledge. Creon is the main reason for this corruption. His arrogance and pride led him to make unjust laws. Creon rejected the thought of giving Polynices, the brother of Antigone and Ismene, a proper burial. Instead he left his body to rot and be scavenged by vultures. Antigone decides to go against Creon’s law and bury Polynices, thus resulting in an unjust punishment. Creon was not always like this. Before he got the crown from Oedipus he was not a harsh and cold person.
Antigone broke one of Creon’s laws when she made the decision to bury her brother Polynices even though Creon forbade her to do so. She decided to ignore her brother’s law because her other brother Eteokles, who was killed in the fight between the brothers, was buried with full honor, however, Polynices was left to rot on the streets in front of by the city gates . This unfair decision was made Creon because felt that Eteokles was fighting in defense of his father’s nation, but Polynices was fighting against his brother. Creon agreed with the reason why Eteokles, but not the reason why Polynices was fighting. Antogne did not agree with the decision. Since the decision was already an edict, a law, she just decided to go behind Creon’s back and honor Polynices as well. In spite of knowing the consequences of breaking Creon’s law, which was hanging until dead, Antigone did what she felt what was right. If she was not hanged, she could be stoned to death for breaking any law, Creon’s law also stated, “whoever shall perform any prohibitive act, shall be liable to the penalty of death by stoning in the presence of the assembled citizens.” (Sophocles 22). Antigone must have been a brave person to go against Creon knowing the crazy and painful consequences.
When Creon finds out that someone buried Polynices, he was so infuriated, he accused a Centry of burying the body for money and threatened him with death! The centry told him that the person who buried the body irritated his mind while he, the Centry just bothered his ears. It sounded like the Centry was not afraid of him probably because he knew he did not commit the act. The Centry even asked him if his talk was painful to his ears or his soul. When the Centry told Creon this it had a deeper meaning. It meant that the person who buried the body hit Creon;’s soul or spirit which was more important than his body. Creon turned the tables on the Centry and blamed him for selling his soul for money.
Antigone was not worried about her soul because she was willing to throw away her body and be dead with her brother because she was looking to God’s law, not Creon’s unjust law. She said, “I do not believe that Zeus was the one who had proclaimed it; neither did justice, or...