What is Creon's attitude toward the chorus?

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Creon interacts with the Chorus as he does to other characters. considering what they say & responding in kind. Yet he retains his unbending will in the face of the Chorus' arguments, refusing to relent even when the Theban elders (who comprise the chorus) plead with him for mercy in Antigone's case.

The Chorus represents the voice of society. Their odes often reflect a greater picture, a morality beyond the events in the city of Thebes. They can speak their mind to the king, and tell Creon if he is acting in direct contrast to the laws of the gods. This they do, and point out possible consequences of Creon's actions. Yet Creon refuses to back down, instead insulting the Chorus (and the population of Thebes by association). His attitude shows that he feels he is above all reproach and laws, except his own. The fact that he is willing to ignore the advice of the Theban elders exposes his lack of respect for all opinions, excluding his own. It is this trait which causes his ultimate downfall.

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