Antigone is a tragedy that deals with conflict and despair at the end of the story. Creon who is the King, creates a law that states no one is to bury the body of Polyneices because Polyneices was the brother who started the fight between him and Eteocles in Thebes. Eteocles was the only brother who received a proper burial. When Polyneices and Eteocles sister, Antigone arrives at Thebes and hears the news decides to give her brother the proper burial he deserved.
As Antigone proceeds with the burial, she is caught and thrown in jail for disobeying the new law Creon had established. In a short amount of time, Antigone commits suicide. In the document Tyranny and blood: Rethinking Creon by Nancy J. Holland her main argument is that Creon isnt as bad as he is set out to be portrayed. I believe that out of her arguments on why Creon is not a bad person are that Creon and Oedipus have the same actions but only Creon is seen as evil, the second argument is that people seem to forget about the back story of the play Antigone and what Polyneices did, and lastly that he deserved his punishment. I firmly agree with Nancy J. Holland and her idea of Creon being a better person than he is set out to be.
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One of the first statements that were made in this document is that He was not even the same person in Sophocles three Theban plays (Jean Anouilh). Another statement is that in which the comparison of two different plays that have to do with each other come into play. The two plays that are being compared are Antigone and Oedipus Tyrannus, and the two kings compared were Creon and Oedipus. In both plays the kings make a law and punish the person who breaks the law. In the both plays there is a bad ending but Creon out of both kings is the one who comes to his senses even though it was too late but Oedipus does not, and he carries on with his punishment. The law destroys both families in both plays but only Creon and not Oedipus is seen as evil at the end of the plays. Double Standards are essentially the first argument for why Creon isnt as bad as her’s portrayed.
I also dont think itr’s fair toward Creonr’s character that he gets to be frowned upon because of what he did when Oedipus has practically the same actions as Creon, but instead of them both being seen as evil only Creonr’s character is. I believe the double standards in the way they characters are seen is unjust and they should both be seen as one thing or the other,
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