Introduction: Antigone and Creon

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INTRODUCTION
Antigone

Antigone is the daughter of Oedipus, the king that married his own mother, Locaste and unwittingly killed his father, Laios. When he learned what he had done, he blinded himself and left Thebes, voluntarily went into self-style exile and died over there. Antigone and Ismene are siblings, the only surviving children of Oedipus. The other two brothers Polyneices and Eteocles quarreled and killed each other in a battle when Polyneices returned to assault Thebes, then Creon, Antigone uncle became the king of Thebes being the only heir in line to the throne. Creon ordered Polyneices be left to rot unburied on the battle field as a traitor but Antigone could not see reason to let her brothers body rot unburied. Antigone
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Antigone, for her reason, would rather disobey the law to become a hero. Creon also would not obey the law of the gods. These are the same gods he proclaimed that Polyneices wage war against and therefore deserve not to be buried. He mentioned gods of the land so often that one would have believed he had reverence for them yet he defies the gods.
Affinity for loyalty
Antigone was absolutely loyal to her family and demonstrates the bonding between a brother and sister while Creon cherishes loyalty above all as demonstrated in his (what could be said to be) inaugurate speech. He loves the State with passion and would do anything to ensure law and order.
Known for Principle
Both characters are well known for their principled positions in the play. They would not succumb to a persuasive opinion. Antigone would not allow Ismene to be joined with her when she was standing trial at the Palace. No, Ismene. You have no right to say, so. You would not help me, and I will not have you help me. (Literature for Composition.471.151)
Creon would not listen to a good counsel from his son. You have no right to trample on God’s right. (Literature for Composition.475.113)
Disastrous End
Antigone and Creon both paid for their disobedient. Antigone paid the ultimate price with her own life. Creon on the other hand was severely punished by gods; he suffers personal losses, his son and wife died on same day. He’s left unhappy and pleaded for

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