Dante Inferno

Annonymous
"Ah Creon! Is there no man left in the world-" Teirsesias

Greek theatre played a large role in Greece. The citizens were supposed
to learn from the mistakes made in tragedies. The citizens should have
learned what not to be like as a citizen or person. In a Greek trilogy
written by Sophocles there are two ma in characters, Antigone and Creon.

They are both strong willed and stubborn people. Both being unwilling to
change, they both seal each others fate. Creon is passionate. . Antigone
is full of rage. They are both so similar they can not see eye to eye.

Although they may seem quite different, Creon and Antigone share many similarities
throughout the story. They are both very independent people. Antigone is
extremely independent.. She doesn't mind doing anything on her own. For
example, in the beginning of the story when Antigone is talking with Ismene,
she asks for her help . When Ismene refuses she is furious with her. Then

Ismene decides to act independently. Creon is also very independent. He
refuses to accept anyone's opinions except his own. When his son Haimon
comes to talk with him he refuses to listen , claiming that Haimon is "girlst
ruck!" and corrupted . Teirsesais comes and tells him a morbid prophecy.

Creon will not listen to this either. He claims that Teirsesais has been
corrupted by money, like many prophets at that time. He finally listens
to the Charagous when reminded th at Teiresias has never been wrong. Antigone
has no problem working by her self either. She demonstrates this when she
slipped by all the guards that were protecting the dead body of Polyneices.

Creon and Antigone are both independent, and they are both very loyal.

They are loyal to their views. Creon is especially loyal to his laws. Antigone
is loyal to her beliefs. Creon will not change his laws. An example of
this occurs when he and An tigone argue. He calls her "A traitor"

For giving a burial for her dead brother Polyneices. He is so loyal to
his own laws that he fails to see that he is disobeying the law of the
gods. Antigone puts the laws of the gods ahead of the laws of the state
s. She goes ahead and buries her brother. Which was strictly prohibited
by Creon. This shows her short-sightedness is because she only does what
she thinks the gods want. Instead of abiding by the law that Creon decreed.

Creon is also short-sighted because he refuses to believe any other opinions
or laws than his own. Creon and Antigone are both so loyal which can also
make them very extreme. Creon is an extremist in reason. He thinks his
law is the most important. Antigone is an extremist of passion. Creon is
unwilling to put the god's law above his law. He is u nwilling to listen
to the passionate pleas of his son to let Antigone live. He instead puts
his laws first, and states that if he lets Antigone live after she has
broken his law, "How shall I earn the worlds obedience?" His
extreme will, later leads to his son's death because he thinks his son
has been corrupted by Antigone. Antigone is equally as extreme and she
will not listen to the reasoning of her sister Ismene. Ismene reminds her
of the problems and dangers she is undertaking when she goes ou t to bury

Polyneices. Antigone will not listen though, and this ends up killing her
as well. Because Creon and Antigone are very extreme in their ways this
can also make them cruel and foolish people. Creon is quite cruel to everyone
around him. He never once listens to anyone, but instead he acts foolishly
and hurts everyone. When he is talk ing to his son Haimon, he retorts that

Haimon is "a fool" and that he is, "Taken in by a woman!"

These words and his fathers attitude hurts Haimon and he becomes filled
with rage towards his foolish father. Antigone is also cruel and foolish.

Especial ly to her sister Ismene. Ismene tries to help Antigone in the
start of the play. When she tries to tell Antigone not to risk everything
to please the gods. Antigone won't listen though, She just tells her "Go
away Ismene. I will be hating you soon", in a striking example of
her cruelty. Ismene and Antigone have been caring sisters until suddenly

Antigone abandons her because she does not agree to help bury their brother.

Creon also is cruel to his old friend and prophet, Teirsesias. Teirsesias
co mes to warn