Can you please give some specific reasons for considering Creon to be a dynamic character in "Antigone"?Support your reasons through references to the play.

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ms-mcgregor eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Creon's change does not really occur until the very end of the play. Throughout most of the play he has displayed "hubris" or the idea that he is above the law of the Gods and his decrees cannot be disputed. This sense of pride causes him to lose his son, his wife and his niece. At the very end of the play, however, Creon returns to the palace, carrying the body of his son. He learns that his wife has killed herself and he is wracked with grief about his losses. He says to the Chorus:

Let this rash man be led out of the way,

who, my child, unwillingly slew you,

and this woman, you, too—alas! I have

no where to turn to, nothing to lean on,

for everything goes cross in my hands,

and a difficult fate falls on my head.

By calling himself a "rash" man and by taking responsibility for the deaths of his wife and his son, Creon finally admits that he was wrong. He goes into exile a broken man. The chorus sums up the change in the last lines of the play.

Knowledge truly is by far the most important part

of happiness, but one must neglect nothing

that the gods demand.

Great words of the over-proud

balanced by great falls

taught us knowledge in our old age.