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Development of Resistance Against Creon

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Antigone: Development of Resistance Against Creon By Charlie Nelson The play Antigone, by Sophocles, is the tale of a new leader who starts out with the respect and trust of his land but in the end looses it all. According to the introduction, by Bernard Knox, "the play runs its course as a drama of developing resistance to Creon and his gradual condemnation on all hands." This is the best description one can find about this aspect of the play. When the story begins, Antigone is the sole person lashing out at Creon's harsh edict ruling that Polynices, who is Antigone's brother, cannot and will not be given a proper burial. But as scenes unfold, we see the gradual development of mutiny against Creon, continuing with Haemon, Creon's son and Antigone's fianc�, and then with Tiresias, and eventually even the chorus will side with Antigone. Antigone begins this story by provoking her soon to be father in law, and through her actions cites what becomes somewhat a rebellion. ...read more.


When he hears of Antigone's sentence, he goes immediately to the king, his father, Creon. A clever one Haemon is, for he at first tries to gently put it to his father that the people on the street speak only in pity and sorrowfulness of his beloved Antigone. When he attempts to rid Antigone of her sentence and this fails, things get a little rough. When told that Antigone's sentence will remain no matter what, Haemon says to his father, "Death? She deserves a glowing crown of gold!"(782). This is the turning point in their conversation, for things are beginning to get loud and people begin to argue vigorously. Even after Haemon proclaims, "I'd never suggest you admire treason"(818) to try to slow things back into a less intense feud, thing get worse. As to further intensify his official revolt against Creon, Haemon remarks, "I see my father offending justice"(833). ...read more.


She has stabbed herself, and before killing herself is heard blaming Creon for it all. Creon's tragedy is not yet complete. Upon hearing the horrible news, and of the three deaths, the chorus, not so much as revolting, realizes Creon's wrongs. And of those wrongs, they state: "reverence to the gods must be safeguarded". This is the completed tragedy of Creon, for now his own people have turned aside from him. Stubbornness finds itself deeply embedded in the roots of evil. Creon brought his "gradual condemnation" upon himself through his stubbornness. Had Creon honored the gods' laws, not the chorus, not Tiresias, not Haemon, nor even Antigone herself would have had any reason to revolt against Creon. Had there been no revolt, there would have been no tragedy. What better story to use to prove that statement than the story of a King, beloved at first, but through his own greed, turns his people against him, resulting in the casualties of his son, wife, and soon to be daughter-in-law. 1 ...read more.

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