Essay by DaSpikerHigh School, 10th gradeA+, March 2006

download word file, 2 pages 0.0

Downloaded 10 times

The Horrible Leader

In 5th century B.C. the Greeks made plays that were not just works of art, but words to live by for some of their people. One of the many plays Sophocles has written, "Antigone," is the one most enlightening to the Greek people. A man named Creon who was very stubborn, does not realize until it was to late his mistakes that come to make the play what it is, a tragedy. Many people resented Creon for his actions and most of his decisions.

Creon was crowned king after the death of both his nephews brutally killed one another. His first action as king was to not permit anyone to hold a proper burial for one nephew because he was exiled. He then discovers that Antigone, his niece, went against his ruling. Creon believes even though that she is his niece she should be put to death, but he does not wish for anymore to disobey him so he sentences his other niece Ismene to death as well.

Instead of death, he settles on putting Antigone only in a cave, so that his fate can be better off. A man named Teiresias, a blind prophet, comes to inform him of his mistakes. Creon would not listen did not come to realize that he was making many errors in his wisdom.

Creon believes that no man refuses payment to do anything: "And death it is, yet money talks." Creon then goes on further to say about his dead unburied nephew, " Let the birds and scavenging dogs do with what the like." Throughout his short ruling Creon believed people were going against him "Scheming alleys." Once Creon discovered who did it he believed Ismene was guilty as well. Creon said, " Arrest Ismene...