Analyzing Creons Speech
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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 differentiates his boy, prince, to any other boy in Thebes. "A father whose sons yield no such profits", is contrasting with Haemon which will be prepared to fight Creons enemies. Creon quickly and discreetly changed the topic on the present events which is Antigone. He tells his son to get rid of her, "split her out like poison". His misogynistic advice is for Haemon not to marry her and let her die for her actions against him and the state. This is an explanation to his view and action of the situation. In his speech there are a lot of repetition involving loyalty and untrustworthy.
Its to good to be true, I think if he is trying to refer to the death of Antigone to the matter, and personally thinking that setting this kind of example will help regain his authority and pride, I think he is making a big mistake because he will only scare the chorus and make them sycophant, which they already are. He tells the people to listen to him and everything will improve, he makes it look like he will make miracles like gods, therefore increasing his power and capabilities. In those days it was regarded as disloyal to the gods, I think this is ironic because the whole point of Creons speech is about loyalty, and for leaving Polyneice's body left to rote, which is disloyal, contradicting himself without realizing it.
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