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Character Sketch on Creon in Jean Anouilh's version of Antigone - Jean anouilh's "modern" version of Antigone is an adaptation of the version written by Sophocles for the Athenian theatre.

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Character Sketch on Creon in Jean Anouilh's version of Antigone Jean anouilh's "modern" version of Antigone is an adaptation of the version written by Sophocles for the Athenian theatre. Anouilh's play was first performed in Paris in 1944 during the Nazi occupation of France. This performance was permitted and encouraged by the Germans because the ideas expressed by Creon, the king of thebes, were thought positive by the local Nazi governants. Anouilh's version of the play differs from Sophocles's one in that the French author adapted the play by rewriting most of the speeches between the Characters. This adaptation has made the two main characters: Creon and Antigone, somewhat different than what they were originally. In Sophocle's version Creon lacked some more emotional speeches which were then included by Anouilh; the additions made Creon more real as a human being. The King Creon of the later version is a character, which doesn't have a definite personality; he presents various different shades, which sometimes are in contrast with each other. ...read more.


Then we better go along it." To his page. When it comes to his own concern though, Creon seems to "forget" his well stated principles in favour of personal interests. In Antigone's case, Creon is determined to spare her life: "there is still a chance that I can save you; but only if you keep this to yourself and give up your crazy purpose." because he wants her to marry his son Haemon and give him a child to make king. This behaviour by a king ideally is incorrect and in tolerable but, if thought in practical terms is is completely rational. Creon's great self confidence and consciousness of power is initially very evident and seems to define his character. When the guards originally bring Antigone to the palace with the claim of her guilt, Creon is astonished by the idea of someone defying his orders. He thinks that Antigone disobeyed his orders because of her "special" status in the city, while if she were to be a "scullery maid" she would have had "no ...read more.


The most important and evident traits in Creon's character are surely his loyalty to his job, his self-confidence and consciousness of his power, his practical mind, suspicion and determination to reach his objectives. These qualities show up in Creon's most important speeches and so prove to be necessary for his role in society but useless in convincing the utterly different mentality of Antigone. Creon's personality is not constant throughout the whole play (Anouilh succeeded in making him more human that in Sophocles by making him adapt), in the beginning he appears to us as a loyal and stubborn ruler which knows how to deal with his job and is determined to succeed. As the play evolves Creon's firm personality shatters in front of the absurd Antigone turning him into a despaired father who goes against all his principles to accomplish his interests. The ultimate transformation occurs in the final scene when the emotional and human Creon is forced to "forget" his sufferings to dedicate himself for the benefit of his country. ...read more.

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