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Sophocles Antigone Character Analysis Essay

After Oedipus, the king of Thebes becomes exiled; his two sons Polynices and Eteocles become the joint rulers of Thebes. After both brothers argued over whom deserved the right to become the king, they decided to duel for the throne. Because of this dual, both brothers killed each other and now the question is who should rightfully become the next in throne. Antigone, by Sophocles was a story about a young woman, Antigone, who betrays her own uncle, Creon, to bury her brother. After reading this short play, I believe that Antigone was right to bury her own brother’s body.
I believe that Antigone is correct in burying her brother. Now, although Antigone’s brother betrayed the city of Thebes and its law of the new king, their uncle, he rightfully…

I believe that Creon’s tragic flaw is that he believes that certain men have the right to be able to understand and interpret divine law. In place of the divine law, Creon believes that he can enforce his own power’s law. Because of this tragic flaw, Creon never believes that he is wrong when he speaks to Antigone, a woman. Creon’s thought process is that he will do anything in his power to defeat Antigone in this argument. This argument has become more than just who is right and who is wrong. This argument has become who is the better gender. If Antigone wins this argument, Creon is not worthy to consider himself a man. This flaw of Creon is the main reason for the unnecessary number of deaths that occur throughout this entire play. I believe that Creon dug himself a hole that he was unable to escape. On page 83 of the text, you can see how Creon’s desire for glory and pride has taken over all aspects of his rulings. Creon says to…

If we were to rank Creon’s importance of values that govern his life, I would say that his most important value is his glory and pride. This glory and pride to win against Antigone in this argument is based on the fact that he thinks men are of greater importance than women. I believe that this reasoning is understandable in one sense as Creon is an elected official and his opinion is thought of highly. Creon’s next value is the importance of his city’s safety and security. Creon cares much for the city of Thebes. He believes that the city trumps the lesser important values in his life such as the Gods and family. Creon’s stubbornness of not allowing for Polynices to be buried affects the city greatly to the point where he cannot win either argument of pleasing the city or pleasing his own beliefs. This stubbornness of Creon is one of the main reasons why he loses his self. Creon does not think of his own actions and how they affect those around him. The fact that family and the Gods are on the lower end of Creon’s values strikes me as a shock. This is because I believe that these two aspects of one’s values should be of high importance as they go hand in…

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