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Throughout the play Antigone written by Sophocles Creon makes errors in judgment that eventually leads to the death of his wife son and Antigone His headstrong and obstinate way of ruling is what causes his own demise He believes that he is above the gods and even what they say cannot influence his actions My voice is the one voice giving orders in this city p515 ll105 The major error in judgment that Creon makes is his decision to give Eteocles a proper burial and not Polyneices The gods say that everyone deserves the right of a proper burial yet Creon decides that he has the power to deny this right If he had just went along with what the gods said he would not have had a problem He favored Eteocles because he thought he was fighting for his country and Polyneices was fighting against it Both of the brothers were just fighting against each other so that one of them could be king however they both ended up dying Another major error in judgment was to not listen to his son Haimon and drive him to the point of killing himself Haimon gets so upset about his fathers decision to take his soon-to-be-bride Antigone away from him that he tries to stab him but misses then ends up stabbing himself and dying What Haimon says is reasonable but Creon will not listen and only takes Haimons questioning of him as an insult and a disrespect You will do well to listen to him King p514 ll92 Creons greater than thou attitude is what drives his poor decisions I swear youll regret this superior tone of yours p515 ll123He will not listen to anyone else and believes he is the most powerful and most intelligent person alive However he constantly makes bad decisions By the end of the play Creon does become somewhat sympathetic However it is mainly sympathy and pity
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