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Stephanie ParkMr. Toby BrewsterHumanities III22 January 2018In Sophocles’ play Antigone, the two main characters Antigone, and the king, Creon are often connected with similarities, although they have two very different perspectives towards life. Whilst Antigone lives her life putting moral rights as her priority, Creon believes that abiding by his own laws is crucial to all the citizens of Thebes. The two main characters are aware of the consequences of being inflexible, yet both acted stubborn by believing in their own moral priority. Creon is often viewed by readers as the arrogant and obstinate character of the play, since he thinks the key to survival is by abiding by his own rules. As Creon expects all the citizens of Thebes to abide by his new law, he evidently does not make an exception for his clever niece and future daughter-in-law to bury her brother Polyneices, who betrayed his own country and left to another one to rule. Evidence for this can be demonstrated when Creon replies to the Leader’s question regarding his punishment for Antigone – “I will take her down some wild, desolate path never trod by men and wall her up alive in a rocky vault, and set out short rations, just the measure piety demands to keep the entire city free of defilement.” (Sophocles l 870-874), suggesting that if he makes an exception for Antigone, he will simply be brought down easily, and will no longer be viewed as an upstanding leader. Moreover, it can be inferred from the tone of his speech that he believes that his actions are the right thing to do, and does not care if anyone else thinks his punishment for Antigone is slightly exaggerated. Although he is frequently stopped by Tiresias and his own son throughout his journey of destroying Antigone’s life, being the adamant person he is, he simply ignores their opinion and proceeds with his plan. Once again, he is fully aware of the consequences that will occur when he hurts Antigone; however, this does not stop him from punishing her for her reprehensible actions. As Tiresias warns him by reminding him of his prophecy, Creon decides to utterly call him a traitor and ignores his saying despite the fact that Tiresias was the one who was always by his side when he became king. The quote “The day comes soon, no long test of time, not now, when the mourning cries for men and women break throughout your halls. Great hatred rises against you– cities in tumult, all whose mutilated sons the dogs have graced with burial” allows the audience to understand that Creon is given one more chance to reflect on his terrible actions, however wastes this scared opportunity (Sophocles l 1198-1200). The repetition of the description of Tiresias’s anger towards Creon highlights his obduracy in the scene.  On the whole, readers will be aware of Creon’s inflexibility, as he refuses to listen to anyone but himself about the decision until he regrets his actions when he loses everything from his perfect, royal life. Antigone shows her stubbornness by defending what she personally views as the correct decision by attempting to bury her brother’s body. She is introduced to the audience as a headstrong woman who is passionate about compromising her moral rights, as well as her brother, Polynices rights at the same time. When Antigone and her shy sister share a deep conversation about burying their brother, Ismene constantly reminds her about the consequences that they will experience when they break the law of not touching their brothers body. Whilst Ismene indirectly tells Antigone ” I’m forced, I have no choice– I must obey the ones who stand in power. Why rush to extremes?”, Antigone gets annoyed by the fact that her sister does not live with the same moral objective as her (Sophocles l 78-80). Moreover, she mentions “And even if I die in the act, that death will be a glory.” as she realizes that her sister is not willing to risk her own life for Polynices (Sophocles l 86). This shows her alacrity to obey the gods and do the morally correct action, notwithstanding the fact that death will lead up to her disobeying the king. The character’s sentimental attribute is depicted by the quote ” He’s to be left unwept, unburied, a lovely treasure for birds that scan the field and feast to their heart’s content.” as she explains that her brother, regardless of his sin, deserves to be buried with glory (Sophocles l 35-36). As she is aware of the aftermath of disobeying Creon’s rules, she ignores Ismene’s opinion and progresses on her decision since she thinks it is morally correct and is in favor of the gods.  Antigone is consequently described as an inflexible person, due to the fact that regardless of others suggestion and advice, she maintains to not change in the middle, and complete what she is determined to do, even if she has to risk her own life. As mentioned above, inflexibility is a trait that both characters share throughout the play, despite their difference in moral purpose. A similarity between them is that they were both reminded of the consequences that will follow up after their brave action, they refused to listen to them, instead continued to do what they thought was right. As for Antigone, she knew she would get killed by Creon due to her wrong actions, however still led herself to death because of her trait. Similarly, Creon also was not aware at the time that he would have lost his son and wife due to his inflexible characteristic. If he had listened to Tiresias and had let Antigone go from the cave, he would have not lost Haemon and Eurycleia at the same time, left with nothing but the feeling of shame and guilt. A difference they had between them was that Creon was in a higher position than Antigone, and Creon was able to sentence her to death, whereas Antigone was unable to do anything to him because she was powerless. Sophocles uses Antigone and Creon as an example for the audience to interpret  the problems that might possibly occur when possessing inflexibility as a major attribute. The significance of this trait affected her decisions, as if Antigone did not have this as an attribute, she would not have to put her own life at risk, since she would have put others advices into consideration. Although these traits have caused many problems that include suicide and family loss, the two   would not have shared a sense of connection between them without it. Both characters have upheld their determination by not accepting other people’s opinion towards their selfish actions. Sophocles uses other characters such as Ismene and Tiresias to emphasize how inflexibility can change their decisions and perspectives greatly. Have closing sentence to sum up you points