Greek Myths1

If they only Knew When two people have an uncompromisible difference in opinion they are forced to become enemies. Sophocles illustrates this in the tragedy Antigone through the main characters, Antigone and Creon. Antigone, King Oedipuss daughter, has come back to Thebes after king Creon has put her two brothers Polyneices and Etocles to death. After being killed only one brother is given a proper burial, the other one, Polynecius, is left out to be chewed up by birds and dogs (page 168 line 225). Creon is adamant about not allowing Polyneices, a traitor to Thebes to have burial rights. He warns that acts against his decision will pay a price. Since Antigone believes Creon is making a decision that belongs to the gods, she buries Polynecius herself. Their actions past and present have been the building blocks for their relationship. Since Creon hates women and Antigone does not fear Creon, like others, and because Antigone buried Polynecius, Antigone and Creon are enemies. Antigone, a woman, ignored Creons authority knowing the repercussions that she would face, and buried Polynecies. Throughout the story Creon shows a disliking for women. “So we must stand on the side of what is orderly; we cannot give victory to a woman. If we must accept defeat, let it be from a man; we must not let people say that a woman beat us.” Creon stands boldly, never allowing a woman to shake him. “While I am alive no woman shall rule.” Creon is infuriated by Antigone because she is woman and unafraid of him. Creon is a tyrant, one who uses exercises authority power or control. The citizens of the Thebes, such as the Sentry are scared of Creon. He is scared for his life as he deliverers the news that the body is missing. When he is finished he says, “–one thing is certain, you’ll never see me here again. I never hoped to escape, never thought I could. But now I have come off safe, I thank god heartily …

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