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Analyzing Creons Speech

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  • Submitted: 02/06/2005
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Analyzing Creons Speech

Ruler of Thebes in the middle of a war, Creon wants order and loyalty above all else. He cannot bear to be defied, any more than he can bear to watch the laws of the state defied. He has Polyneice's body defiled while Eteocles is honored because he feels that he cannot give equal to share to both brothers when one was a traitor and the other was loyal. He does not recognize that other forms of justice exist, and in his pride he sentences Antigone to death, defies the gods, and brings ruin on himself.

Creon presents his speech in a logical step by step explaining every action he took or will be taken. On page 159 were his speech begins, he starts his speech by showing off how his son is so loyal and obedient. He is trying to make a positive impression toward the chorus. I think he is implying that he runs the household efficiently, so why would he have problems running the state if he would run the state has his own household. Creon differentiates his boy, prince, to any other boy in Thebes. "A father whose

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