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Sophocles Antigone presents a constant struggle between the laws of men versus the laws of the gods Creon is so swallowed by his own pride that his viewpoint cannot be trusted The Chorus whose bias changes with the story elucidates a more accurate perception of the play Creon is the tragic hero of Antigone as a result of his irreverence towards the gods leading to the death of his family Unlike other Greek tragedies in which the hero has no control over his fate Creon although displeasing the gods by condemning Antigone is defeated by destiny in his attempt to free her While fate had long before sentenced Creon to his own actions the plays perception that he almost escapes tragedy makes him that much more lamentable The general perception of Creon as villain is shifted as the Chorus elucidates that he is indeed the tragedy Along with its shifting opinon in the play the Chorus comments on proper conduct as viewed by the masses in Ancient Greece Zeus hates with a vengeance all bravado the mighty boasts of men lines 140 and 141 The notion that men should be reverent to the gods is the antithesis of what Creon initially embraces The power is yours I suppose to enforce it with the laws both for the dead and all of us the living lines 238 to 240 Creons accepting the supposed power to enforce both the living and the dead reveals him as accepting a false superiority to the gods and thus angers them The Chorus in foreshadowing the story relates its current events to those of its past at last that madman came to know his god the power he mocked the power he taunted in all his frenzy trying to stamp out the woman strong with the god lines 1058 to 1063 This anecdote is a retelling of a past myth in relation
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