Antigone the Main Character
In the tragedy Antigone the main characters, Creon who is the king of Thebes and Antigone who is the daughter of the deceased king Oedipus, are fighting over Creon’s decision not to bury one of Antigone’s brothers Polyneices because he felt that he was a trader to his city but he was going to still bury her other brother Eteocles even though they died by the sword of each others hand in war over Thebes. Antigone chooses to disobey the law that Creon has set saying that nobody can bury Polyneices or they will be put to death.
Her decision was made because the gods say that if a person is not buried they can never go to heaven their spirit will be stuck on Earth forever, roaming. “I have been wondering, King: can it be that the gods have done this? ” the Choragos says after the Sentry announces what Antigone has done. With this he’s showing that not everyone agrees with what Creon is doing and they think there’s a chance that the gods have made it so that Polyneices body got buried. But if the gods had done it then it would be saying that Creon was wrong in making the law and leaving Polyneices out for the birds to eat.
Creon wouldn’t think of it he replied, “Stop! Must you doddering wrecks go out of your heads entirely? The gods! ” He then swears by God that the person who did it shall pay for it. Antigone is brought to Creon and denies nothing, she’s very stubborn about it and insist on arguing with the king how she has done nothing wrong and how everyone in the room agrees with her only they are too scared to say anything. Outraged by Antigone and her smart mouth Creon says, “Pride? In a slave? …Who is the man here, she or I, if this crime goes unpunished? This only goes to show further more that this has become, if not always, a pride issue. But the same goes for Antigone, it may have started off being about her brother but when Creon sentences both her and her sister Ismene who kept Antigone’s secret, to death Antigone wanted to take all the blame herself. Even though in the beginning she wanted Ismene to help her and now that Ismene was saying that she was to blame, too, Antigone wouldn’t let her. Haimon who is Creon’s son and Antigone’s fiancee tells his father, “…her death will cause another,” after he argues with him and tries to convinces is father that what he is doing is wrong. Antigone is sentenced to be buried with food so that it does not look as if he’s done any wrong. He thinks that he can say that he didn’t kill her but that the gods let her die b/c he never touched her and he gave her food, but they chose not to help her proving him right. When they get to the spot that Antigone is to be buried she continues to run her mouth and say how much she is right and argue with the king then to make sure she has the last word she says one last thing then orders the guards to take her to away.
Later the prophet teller Teiresias stopped by to worn Creon of a terrible omen and to tell him that the gods were and that if he did not make things right then he would pay for it with his own blood and that the city would be ruined. Creon argued that Teiresias was being paid to tell him these things but finally he believed him, then he tells the Choragos who tells the king the prophet teller has never been false, “That is true…it troubles me. Oh it is hard to give in! But it is worse to risk everything for stubborn pride. Creon goes to the tomb to unbury Antigone and finds his son with Antigone hung by her veil with her own hand. His son tries to stab his father and then turns the sword on himself. Creon realized what he had done and grieved for his son deeply. After hearing of her sons death Haimon’s mother, whose also Creon’s wife, stabbed herself. This brought so much grief to Creon that he wished himself dead, “Let it come let death come quickly, and be kind to me. I would not ever see the sun again. ” He then goes on to say, “Fate has brought all my pride to a thought of dust. In Antigone, Creon is clearly the tragic hero although him and Antigone both could be labeled as this he fits the part better. The most important part of my reasoning is that Antigone never realizes the flaw and the tragedy of her actions all she sees is her pride. Creon on the other hand realizes what he’s done and how he has done wrong. The Choragos helps us see this by saying, “There is no happiness where there is no wisdom; no wisdom but in submission to the gods, big words are always punished, and proud men in old age learn to be wise. ”