Antigone’s broken engagement
The ancient Greek people believed that tragedy was a result of a person’s weakness and fate. Creon’s tragedy is a direct result of his tragic flaw of pride and the punishment for his mistakes by the gods.
Ironically, Creon loses two people that he loves, Eurydice and Haemon, as a result of disrespecting the gods by not burying Polyneices and sentencing Antigone to death.
The conflict between conscience and law is resolved when Creon is punished for acting according to the law and not the conscience of his wise advisors. The resolution reveals a powerful theme: Divine authority resides in the conscience and is to be regarded as superior to human law. The theme sheds light on the value the ancient Greeks placed on the power of the gods and an individual’s conscience.
The conflict between divine authority and human authority is resolved through the fulfillment of the prophecy with the deaths of Haemon and Eurydice. The resolution reveals a powerful theme: The ultimate authority rests in divine law, so devine entities demand obedience and respect. The theme sheds light on the value the ancient Greeks placed on their relationship with the gods.
For Creon, in my view, was once a man
we all looked up to.
Which characteristic of tragedy do the messenger’s words reveal?
a tragic character’s reversal of fortune
causal relationships that make up the tragic structure
the spectacle associated with Aristotle’s tragic definition
the triumph of a tragic character
Creon’s change of heart
Creon’s loss of fortune
The conflict between familial loyalty and civil obedience is resolved when each of the characters ultimately chooses family over obedience to Creon. Haemon chooses Antigone when he tries to stab his father and then take his own life. Eurydice chooses her son over Creon when she takes her own life. The resolution reveals a powerful theme: Loyalty to family is more important that civil obedience. The theme sheds light on the value the ancient Greeks placed on familial relationships.