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The Similarites In Antigone And Creon

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The similarities between Creon and Antigone'Ah Creon! Is there no man left in the world-' TeirsesiasGreek theatre played a large role in Greece. The citizens were supposed to learnfrom the mistakes made in tragedies. The citizens should have learned what not to be likeas a citizen or person. In a Greek trilogy written by Sophocles there are two maincharacters, Antigone and Creon. They are both strong willed and stubborn people. Bothbeing unwilling to change, they both seal each others fate. Creon is passionate. .Antigone is full of rage. They are both so similar they can not see eye to eye. Althoughthey may seem quite different, Creon and Antigone share many similarities throughoutthe story.They are both very independent people. Antigone is extremely independent.. Shedoesn't mind doing anything on her own. For example, in the beginning of the storywhen Antigone is talking with Ismene, she asks for her help . When Ismene refuses sheis furious with her. Then Ismene decides to act independently. Creon is also veryindependent. He refuses to accept anyone's opinions except his own. When his sonHaimon comes to talk with him he refuses to listen , claiming that Haimon is 'girlstruck!'and corrupted . Teirsesais comes and tells him a morbid prophecy. Creon will not listento this either. He claims that Teirsesais has been corrupted by money, like manyprophets at that time. He finally listens to the Charagous when reminded that Teiresiashas never been wrong. Antigone has no problem working by her self either. Shedemonstrates this when she slipped by all the guards that were protecting the dead bodyof Polyneices.Creon and Antigone are both independent, and they are both very loyal. They areloyal to their views. Creon is especially loyal to his laws. Antigone is loyal to herbeliefs. Creon will not change his laws. An example of this occurs when he andAntigone argue. He calls her 'A traitor' For giving a burial for her dead brotherPolyneices. He is so loyal to his own laws that he fails to see that he is disobeying thelaw of the gods. Antigone puts the laws of the gods ahead of the laws of the states. Shegoes ahead and buries her brother. Which was strictly prohibited by Creon. This showsher short-sightedness is because she only does what she thinks the gods want. Instead ofabiding by the law that Creon decreed. Creon is also short-sighted because he refuses tobelieve any other opinions or laws than his own.Creon and Antigone are both so loyal which can also make them very extreme.Creon is an extremist in reason. He thinks his law is the most important. Antigone is anextremist of passion. Creon is unwilling to put the god's law above his law. He isunwilling to listen to the passionate pleas of his son to let Antigone live. He instead putshis laws first, and states that if he lets Antigone live after she has broken his law, 'Howshall I earn the worlds obedience?' His extreme will, later leads to his son's deathbecause he thinks his son has been corrupted by...

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