Creon as a Tyrant in Antigone

Creon as a Tyrant in Antigone

In Antigen, by Sophocles Corruption because of power has been a constant theme of mankind since the dawn of humanity. “Antigen”, by Sophocles, is an excellent example of an author’s attempt to portray this theme In a play. This theme Is evident throughout the poem, but is especially clear in the dialogue between Croon and the Sentry, and eventually Antigen, beginning on line 248 and ending on line 594. Tyranny is defined by Merriam Webster online dictionary as “oppressive power exerted by government (Merriam-Webster).

This scene begins with the Sentry entering from the side and slowly describing to Croon that his decree forbidding the burial of Policies has been broken. The Sentry seems to be afraid of Croon, wondering aloud that “if somebody get the news to Croon first, what’s to save your neck? ” (Antigen lines 256-257) This mood of fear continues throughout this scene, with the Sentry dragging out into many lines what might have only taken a few lines to tell. He obviously appears to be afraid of Croon, and rightfully so.

Croon threatens him with violence and death, saying “simple death won’t be enough for you, not lull we string you up alive and wring the immortality out of you. ” (Antigen lines 348-350) Croon has been in power for a very short period of time and seems to be paranoid that his power is being undermined by this violation of his decree. He doesn’t appear to be concerned that his decree goes directly against the law of the Gods. Tyranny Is sometimes born out of insecurities. Once it is discovered that Antigen Is the culprit In the crime, she and Croon begin o have a discussion on the morality of his decree and her guilt in this crime.

She freely admits that she has committed the crime, but believes that she Is Justified In her actions, even going so far as to call Croon a “lucky tyrant. ” (Antigen line 566) It is possible that Croon deluded himself so far into believing he is protecting the state that he completely dismisses Antagonist claims of righteousness. Tyrants very rarely care how the people they are ruling feel and he seems to have forgotten that Antigen is mourning the loss of both her brothers and Is probably having a mental reawaken of sorts.

His single-minded focus on the safety and security of the state is leading him down a path towards a rule filled with citizens who loathe and fear him, rather than respect and love him. I chose to focus on the Idea of Croon as a tyrant In this play because there is a direct correlation between his use, or abuse, of absolute power and some of the events happening in our society today. It is impossible to know what Sophocles was thinking when he wrote the play, but it is entirely possible he was using it as a vessel o make a point about his government without being openly critical of them.

Either way, and examination of this section of the play Is Important because It Is Important not to repeat the mistakes of the past.