The Danger of Love
Nearly everyone experiences the feeling of love. Whether it’s for another person or for food, almost everyone feels love during their lifetime. In the play Antigone, the writer, Sophocles, illustrates a very important fact regarding love: love is our most important and most dangerous motivation for doing anything, and without moderation, love can be deadly.
In Antigone, unmoderated love is prevalent throughout the play, and it is best demonstrated in three main characters: Antigone, Creon, and Ismene. Antigone has a very strong love for her brother and the gods, Creon has an extreme love for power, and Ismene has a deep love for her sister, Antigone. Each of these ...view middle of the document...
Creon, the king of Thebes, refuses to listen to anyone except himself throughout most of the play. Creon has a very strong love for power and strength, and he never wants to relinquish his power in even the slightest way.
When Antigone is captured and brought before Creon, Antigone “denies nothing” (208). At first Creon is hesitant to carry through with his decree because Antigone is royalty, but Creon realizes that if he doesn’t carry through with the penalty, he would appear weak to the people of Thebes, and in turn risk losing some of his power. Creon feels very happy with himself that he manages to hold firm, but had Creon not been blindsided by his love for power, he may have realized the danger of his decision before it was too late.
After Antigone is locked up, a prophet named Teiresias tells Creon that he will receive “terrible punishments” for his actions regarding Antigone (234). Creon says that he does not want to “risk giving up everything for stubborn pride,” but he finally gives in and decides that he will rescue Antigone (235). Unfortunately, Creon decides this far too late, because a series of tragic events has already started to occur.
Haimon, who rushes to save Antigone before Creon, finds out that when he arrives that Antigone has hung herself (240). Haimon becomes extremely full of sorrow when he finds Antigone hanging, and he decides to kill himself, just as Creon arrives on the...