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lovergirlcanton | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 22, 2013 at 4:21 AM via iOS

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"Where love rules,there is no will to power;and where power predominates,there love is lacking."  To what extent the quote relate to Creon's rule?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted January 22, 2013 at 11:13 AM (Answer #1)

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I think that the statement speaks powerfully to the idea that Creon was fundamentally flawed in his demonstration of power in the drama. Creon's rule demonstrates how love does not rule in his political value system.  His demonstration of power over Antigone is one in which there is only a cold and distant demonstration of power.  There is little love in his actions.  He demonstrations a will to power and a clinging to it because of the absence of love.  Creon recognizes that it is his rule being threatened.  He does not see the love of a sister for her brother, a boy for a girl, and he does not see any other human emotion in this exercise.  Rather, he sees the narrow and pedantic interpretation of the letter of the law.  If there is love present in Creon's actions, it is the love of self, believing himself to be identified with the law and seeing Antigone's actions as an insult to himself.  The idea of love being a ruling force in Creon's actions is not existent.  There is nothing but the will to power.  When there is an acknowledgement of a mistake made, of love's presence perhaps entering, it is far too late.  The sad stubbornness that Creon demonstrates is one in which there is pain evident, and one that shows how power without compassion usually results in more bad things than good.  In this condition, one sees a validity to the statement and a great extent in which it is true.

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