How do Antigone and Creon show courage?

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Chase Burns eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Antigone and Creon are opposed to each other in Antigone, but they both show their courage in a similar way. These characters represent different sides of a political dispute. Antigone values family, heritage, and a commitment to the gods. Creon values the state, patriarchy, and power. (These values have overlaps, but the perspectives of these characters are at odds with one another.) Ultimately, despite their conflict, the tactics used by Antigone and Creon are similar: both characters are firm in their perspective and unwavering to outside opinions. This is how these two characters show their courage.

Haimon, the son of Creon and lover of Antigone, has a famous line that is applicable to this situation: 

In flood time you can see how some trees bend, / And because they bend, even their twigs are safe, / While stubborn trees are torn up, roots and all. (Scene III)

Antigone and Creon are both stubborn. Neither are willing to admit there are impracticalities in their reasonings. Both characters end up suffering, and this can be attributed to their stubbornness and unwillingness to compromise.