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Sophocles496-406 second most famous play Antigone contains many contrasts According to G M Kirkwood A contrast between Antigone and Creon lies at the heart of the drama can be taken for granted 118 In the story Antigone wants to bury her brother who fought bravely and died on the battlefield but to do so would be to break the law since her brother fought on the side of Argos the enemy of Thebes Creon her uncle who has become king represents the law Although she cares for and respects her brother her conscience will not let her disrespect her brother Despite Creons warnings she buries him with honor and is captured by Creon and put to death Haimon who is Creons son and Antigones lover has to leave Thebes Antigone focuses on contrast between characters Antigone and her sister Ismene are together in two scenes the prologue and the second scene They always argue because of their different opinions Ismene feels that although she loved her brother he is dead and they should respect the law and not bury him with honor The other contrasts come between Creon and the guard and Haimon who is Creons son in the third scene Creon and Antigone also contrast in the way they live While Antigone has gained her self-respect by clearly and publicly stating her beliefs and her loyalties in the words of Sophocles Antigone has regained the proud fullness of her being Creon gives way to self-doubt and grieves to himself Creons loyalty is to himself and to the law he represents In Creons first appearance he is a giving a speech from the throne His speech shows him to be an honorable man however as Kirkwood says we later realize that even in this first speech there is revelation of Creons nature which is not altogether attractive 121 He is a little pompous and too eager to justify himself For instance Creons true nature
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