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English Stuff


Diana Li

on 17 December 2012

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Hidden Guilt The guilt Creon feels is shown through his denial and justification of his decisions. contravene (138)
definition: (verb) to come/ be in conflict with; to act against; to violate/ infringe How does it tie in with our claim? Eurydice Creon tries to justify his deed by placing the blame on natural death and that Antigone herself wants to die. The turning point in which Creon truly feels guilt is when he alters his decision to put both Ismene and Antigone to death. Creon tries to rationalize his intent to punish Antigone and Ismene by diminishing their humanity in the eyes of the public. Literary Terms: Characters and their Role "I do believe the creatures both are mad; one lately crazed, the other from her birth," (141). "No, not the one whose hand was innocent," (147). She was meant as the last warning and wake up call to Creon. Her death caused Creon to realize just how wrong he had been and thus helped him learn his lesson. (sentence from text) :

Creon: "Did you know the order forbidding such an act?"

Antigone: "I knew it, naturally. It was plain enough."

Creon: "And yet you dared to contravene it?"

Antigone: "Yes." The fact that the one who contravened the law is Creon's relative and also a princess, makes him waver in his decision.

Example: Peasant V.S. Princess Connections Iris Chuc, Kiyomi Takemoto
Renata Rodriguez, Diana Li Period 4: Antigone by: Sophocles Creon uses the word "creatures" to make them seem less than human so it wouldn't matter if they died.
Creon is also trying to persuade himself and others that they are both less than sane so that it justifies him killing them. "Leave her and let her die, if die she must...Though on earth her life is ended from this day, her blood will not be on our hands," (150). Creon tries to make it seem like it is not his fault that Antigone will die and that it is herself who wants to die.
He tries to convince himself that even if she dies, he did not do it to her since she will die a "natural death" thus claiming that "...her blood will not be on [his] hands," (150). Creon wavers in his resolute decision to kill them both when he decides to seal Antigone in a tomb instead of stoning her to death. Antigone Antigone teaches readers the lesson of endurance and family loyalty through her actions.
She is also a foil to Ismene and is the perfect depiction of a tragic hero, much like Oedipus. Chorus/ Thebian Elders Synonyms/ Examples :




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permit They are like Creon's conscience; they try to warn Creon when he goes too far. Though this does not work, they are still crucial to Creon's realization of his wrongs. Creon’s guilt for sentencing Antigone to a living death can be compared to Miss Havisham’s way of raising Estella in Charles Dickens’s book, Great Expectations. Miss Havisham adopted Estella when she was younger and raised her to hate men because Miss Havisham was tricked by a man at her marriage. Later on, she regrets raising Estella this way because Estella could not love anyone, not even Miss Havisham. Connections: Text to Text Connection to an Outside Work In Tangled, a Disney animated movie, there is a scene in which Rapunzel faces an internal collision of thoughts and feelings. When Rapunzel decides to leave for the first time, she faces sentiments that change from one to the other; one moment she would feel extreme happiness because she is living something she never experienced and the next moment she would feel guilty of leaving her home. Rapunzel would feel guilt because she acted without thinking of the outcome.

In relation to Rapunzel, Creon faces the same collision of thoughts in which he feels guilty of punishing Antigone and then he changes, stubbornly putting forward his first order as king. Creon, too, did not anticipate the possible outcomes of his action; therefore, he is stuck between his word as king and the sympathy for Antigone. Through the sacrifices of many of Creon's loved ones, he realizes that it is acceptable to change one's decisions in the face of opposition since the resulting outcome is not always appealing.
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