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Antigone The tyrant dies and his rule ends the martyr dies and his rule begins Kierkegaard In terms of Antigone this quotation makes a lot of sense If a tyrants or a cruel dictator-like persons role is to diminish heshe will not necessarily die but hisher popularity will most definitely decline As the contrary is true for a martyr or a person who suffers so as to keep hisher faith andor principles HeShe will pretty much never die Through the old Greek play Antigone written by Sophocles this quotation appears evidently true in the roles of King Creon Antigone and Ismene In the quotation above The tyrant dies and his rule ends the martyr dies and his rule begins Creon portrays the part of the tyrant very well His regards for the laws of the city cause him to abandon all other beliefs He believes that everyone should obey the laws set forth by him even if other beliefs moral or religious state otherwise He enforces these laws very strictly At the beginning of the play Creon orders the people not to bury Polyneices because of his dishonor towards Thebes Furthermore if Creon catches anyone burying him heshe will be killed for disobeying his order This alone makes the quotation true If people see the cruel truth behind this action they will make sure to see the end of his rule When Creon realizes that the burial of Polyneices does occur he sends his Sentry to figure out the culprit He explains to his Sentry that if he can not catch this person he will then have to be killed This also makes his appearance as a tyrant It only adds to the fact of his rule ending once his popularity declines After the Sentry discovers Antigone as the culprit he brings her in to the King Creon sentences her to leave and be faced with death I will carry her far
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