In what ways does Creon change over the course of the play Antigone?I am writing an essay about Creon.  I would like to know some of the ways in which is character develops or changes?  Thank you.

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gmuss25 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

At the beginning of the play, Creon is depicted as a strict ruler who values loyalty to the state above everything else. He decrees that any person attempting to bury or pray for Polyneices will be sentenced to death. Creon stubbornly stands by his decision when Antigone defies his law and dismisses her argument about honoring the gods by burying her brother. Creon again displays his inflexible disposition when he addresses his son Haimon. Creon shows his lack of empathy by rebuking Haimon for defending Antigone and proves his point by locking Antigone in a vault located in the wilderness. Creon's pride also prevents him from listening to Teiresias, who urges him to reconsider his decision. When Teiresias leaves, Creon listens to the Choragos and realizes his mistake. Creon experiences a change of heart and shows remorse for his actions by properly performing the burial rights for Polyneices. Creon also demonstrates empathy for those adversely affected by his terrible decision at the end of the play. Unfortunately, it is too late for Creon to rectify matters, and he experiences the tragic loss of his son and wife. Creon's self-assurance and confidence are diminished by the end of the play as he laments, "Fate has brought all my pride to a thought of dust" (Sophocles, 1038).

teachertaylor eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Over the course of the play Antigone, Creon becomes a more sympathetic character.  At the beginning of the play, Creon is entirely stubborn and insists that there should be no mercy for Polyneices.  When he learns that Antigone has in fact attempted to bury her brother's body, Creon orders that she be put to death.  He will not let Haemon reason with him, and Creon tells his son that he has been pushed over by a woman.  Creon insists that the people of Thebes respect his orders as King.  However, over time Creon begins to see that he is being blinded by the laws of men.  Great tragedies befall his family and Creon begins to change his ways; however, he is ultimately too late to save the ones closest to him.  In the end, Creon does learn that his earlier stubborn nature has led him to his own downfall.

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