James Morwood

in The Tragedies of Sophocles

Published by Liverpool University Press

Published in print January 2008 | ISBN: 9781904675716
Published online May 2014 | e-ISBN: 9781781380833 | DOI:

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This chapter explores the character developments of Antigone and Creon in Sophocles' Greek tragedy Antigone. It explains that Antigone's defiance over Creon's decree shows her devotion to uphold her familial duty to honor her dead brother, Polyneices. Creon's decree, though it was only intended to bring order to the kingdom, showed its defects as the decree added that Polyneices' corps should be eaten by birds and dogs. The chapter adds that in Creon's scene with Antigone, his tyrannical nature showed when he insisted that a man must not be affected by a woman, implying his insecurities. Creon's development as a tyrannical figure is illustrated when he changed Antigone's punishment from public stoning to entombment, suggesting that he already knew that the people would not support him — also solidifying Antigone's heroic position in the tragedy.

Keywords: character development; Sophocles; Antigone; Creon; Polyneices; Greek tragedy

Chapter.  3485 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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