Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Creon; Guilty or Innocent?

Mai Lee
Ms. Peifer
10IB HR. 04
26 November 2008

Creon; Guilty of Charge

What kind of stubborn man usually gets what he want? A king of course, and to be specific that king is Creon. Trying to control a kingdom at the risk of loosing everything and risking the lives of his family and himself for something so little that can be resolved in such a simple matter of time. Creon is stubborn and only goes by his decisions and opinions rather than others. Creon gets what he wants when he demands it and also has the power to control anything he likes and dislikes.

Creon is a guilty man who deserves nothing but the worst! The first piece of evidence found is that Creon is mainly the cause of chaos and trouble in his kingdom. He was the man who made the rule to not bury Polyneices which is his own niece of blood. Also he has an argument with his son about obeying him. He is not a right father when he says "I swear you'll regret this superior tone of yours! You are the empty one!"(123-124) Also when he says "You girls struck fool, don't play at words with me"(126). That is not the right way to father a son, he acted as if Haimon was his servant.

Also going back about the burial of Polyneices, Creon was the cause of Antigone's death. He ordered for Polyneices to have no burial and out of love, Antigone went ahead and buried her brother anyways. She was just doing the right thing to bury and give peace to her brother, Creon should not have taken her into captive. He was the one who caused her death when he repeatedly tells her to go to hell. You can find evidence of this when he says "Find it in hell"(120), also "And there let her pray the gods of hell"(145). She is a woman and he is a king, is it right for him to talk to her like that? No of course not.

My third and last piece of evidence is that Creon actually admits he is guilty. After all he has done, his whole family members have died, his people have lost his power and strength. He finally admits that he himself is guilty. In line 121 he says "I alone am guilty." Creon doesn't realize his wrong doings until all has happened in the end. With all of the evidence being told and the criminal's act of admittance, Creon is guilty.

Works Cited

Sophocles. "Antigone." Literature Timeless Voices, Timeless Themes: World Literature. Trans. DudleyFitts and RobertFitts. Upper Saddlerive: Prentice Hall, 2001

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