The conflict between Creon and Antigone is one of conflicting values and duties. Creon is trying to establish himself as king. In Creon's mind, since Antigone's brother Polynices violated the laws of the government, he does not deserve a respectful burial. Antigone has a different perspective formed from her beliefs in the gods, burial and familial love.Continue Reading
Both Creon and Antigone act in the way they are convicted is right. Creon, in his pride, goes so far to establish himself and honor the laws of the city that he neglects some of the gods' burial laws. He is strict in his retribution of anyone who disobeys because he does not want his new power tested and found weak.
Antigone believes she should answer to the higher beings of the gods when it comes to a question of burial, even under the threat of death. She also recognizes that had she lost a husband, or a child, she could have or find another, but with her parents dead, she cannot find a new brother. She has lost both of her brothers in one day. She is grieving.
Both Creon and Antigone are characters who stand by what they believe in, even if it makes them opponents. Creon protects the laws of the city and his throne, while Antigone honors the gods and her family.Learn more about Philosophy
The major themes in "Antigone," the play written by Sophocles in or before 441 B.C., include natural law, pride, gender, blindness vs. sight, civil disobedience, family loyalty, and free will vs. fate. It also broaches the conflict between the individual and the state, as well as the differences between moral and divine law.Full Answer >
An example of a metaphor in the prologue of "Antigone" is when the character Ismene says, "The law is strong, we must give in to the law/In this thing, and in worse." The law in this case is a metaphor for the new ruler of Thebes, Creon. Creon has decreed that Ismene and Antigone's brother, Polyneices, should not be given the proper burial rights.Full Answer >
According to Patricia Lines in the Humanitas Journal, Antigone and Niobe are primarily similar in terms of hubris. Much of the supporting information for this is provided by the chorus of the play Antigone.Full Answer >
Pride is the main tragic flaw present in both Oedipus Rex and his daughter Antigone. A tragic flaw, or hamartia, is the defect in a hero's character that helps bring about his downfall. Both Oedipus and Antigone were so sure they alone knew the moral high road, even in the face of others' advice to them, that they did not always stop to think about all the possibilities.Full Answer >