Compare/Contrast Creon and Antigone In Antigone written by Sophocles, there are two main characters, Antigone and Creon. In the play, King of Thebes, Creon has announced to everyone in the city that no one can mourn or bury Polyneices. Before Creon became a king, Polyneices and Eteocles were fighting to be the king of Thebes after his father, Oedipus died. Polyneices and Eteocles both killed each other in a war. Creon honored only Eteocles but not Polyneices. Their sister, Antigone believes that one’s body must be buried in order for their soul to rest in peace.
Without considering any consequences, Antigone buried his brother, Polyneices which then she was punished. Antigone and Creon share similarities differences throughout the story in personality and values. As for personality in similarities, Creon and Antigone are both stubborn. Creon never listens to other’s opinion or believes other’s say other than his own. Antigone buried Polyneices so Creon sentenced her to die but Haemon tries to convince his father to not kill Antigone. Creon wouldn’t listen. “That is not government, but tyranny. This quote said by Creon’s son, Haemon that he describes his father rules the city as a tyranny but not as a government. Also, Creon does not even believe to Teirsesias, who made him king in the first place. Tiresias, the blind prophet warns Creon that the gods are angry about the blasphemous treatment of Polynices’ body and will punish the city for this sacrilege. “Only a fool is governed by self-will, “the advice given by Tiresias means that a fool does not use his reason or wisdom but his emotion or what he wants. Creon does not care and suspects Tiresias for making a false prophecy which makes Creon stubborn.
Antigone has equal Hubris herself. She is so passionate on burying her brother, Polyneices that she will not listen to reason. Antigone is full of arrogance that she will not listen to the words of her sister, Ismene. Ismene warned her of the danger and the consequences of burying their brother Polyneices but Antigone would not listen. She calls Ismene a “traitor” for not helping her. Later on in the play, Antigone is arrested and Ismene tries to step up by admitting that, “I am guilty, if she let me say so. ” Antigone answered “no, Ismene.
You have not helped me and I will not have you help me. ” This reveals how arrogant and stubborn Antigone can be. She does not want Ismene to share the crime with her when Ismene did not do it. As for differences in personality, Creon is selfish while Antigone is selfish less. Creon cares more about his popularity as a King than his family. He does not care about his son Haemon but how the citizens think about him. “I scorn him; for if I should see destruction threatening the safety of my citizens, I would not hold my peace, nor would I count that man my friend who was my country’s foe. This reveals how much Creon cares about his citizens. As for Antigone, she is selfish less because she knows the consequences for breaking the law but she insist of burying her brother’s body. “And if I have to die for this pure crime, I am content. ” This reveals how Antigone does not care about dying but instead finding peace for her brother’s soul. This show how selfish less Antigone is. As for the similarities in values, Creon and Antigone are both loyalty. Creon is loyal to his own laws than to the “god’s law. ”