Antigone And Creon

In Sophocles’ Greek tragedy, Antigone, two characters undergo character
changes. During the play the audience sees these two characters’ attitudes
change from close minded to open-minded. It is their close minded, stubborn
attitudes, which lead to their decline in the play, and ultimately to a series
of deaths. In the beginning Antigone is a close minded character who later
becomes open minded. After the death of her brothers, Eteocles and Polyneices,

Creon becomes the ruler of Thebes. He decides that Eteocles will receive a
funeral with military honors because he fought for his country. However,

Polyneices, who broke his exile to " spill the blood of his father and sell
his own people into slavery", will have no burial. Antigone disagrees with

Creon’s unjust actions and says, " Creon is not strong enough to stand in my
way." She vows to bury her brother so that his soul may gain the peace of the
underworld. Antigone is torn between the law placed against burying her brother
and her own thoughts of doing what she feels should be done for her family. Her
intent is simply to give her brother, Polyneices, a proper burial so that she
will follow "the laws of the gods." Antigone knows that she is in danger of
being killed for her actions and she says, "I say that this crime is holy: I
shall lie down with him in death, and I shall be as dear to him as he to me."

Her own laws, or morals, drive her to break Creon’s law placed against

Polyneices burial. Even after she realizes that she will have to bury Polyneices
without the help of her sister, Ismene, she says: Go away, Ismene: I shall be
hating you soon, and the dead will too, For your words are hateful. Leave me my
foolish plan: I am not afraid of the danger; if it means death, It will not be
the worst of deaths-death without honor. Here Ismene is trying to reason with

Antigone by saying that she cannot disobey the law because of the consequences.

Antigone is close-minded when she immediately tells her to go away and refuses
to listen to her. Later in the play, Antigone is sorrowful for her actions and
the consequences yet she is not regretful for her crime. She says her crime is
just, yet she does regret being forced to commit it. Antigone now has the
ability to consider her consequences because her action of burying her brother
is complete. She knows her crime is justified, but her new open-mindedness leads
her to consider the alternative. Even though she knows she will die with honor
she is grieving for the way she was forced to commit a crime to take an action
she believes is justifiable. This is seem when Antigone says: Soon I shall be
with my own again . . . To me, since it was my hand That washed him clean and
poured the ritual wine: And my reward is death before my time! And yet, as
men’s hearts knows, I have done no wrong, I have not sinned before God. Or if

I have, I shall know the truth in death. But if the guilt Lies upon Creon who
judged me, then, I pray, May his punishment equal my own. Antigone’s statement
shows open-mindedness because she says she does not believe she has sinned but
if she has she will know in death. Before Antigone believed that her actions
were not sinful, but how she shows an open mind. She is also saying if it is

Creon’s fault that she will die then may he die also for sending her unjustly
to her death. Antigone says: Thebes, and you my father’s gods, And rulers of

Thebes, you see me now, the last Unhappy daughter of a line of kings, Your
kings, led away to death. You will remember What things I suffer, and at what
men’s hands Because I would not transgress the laws of heaven Come: let us
wait no longer. She comes from a long line of kings that were fated to die
because of a curse placed on them. She willingly leaves to die knowing that it
is an honorable death. Antigone hangs herself, in the tomb she was placed in by

Creon, using a noose of her fine linen veil. Creon, Antigone’s uncle,
experiences a change of close-mindedness to open-mindedness with his actions
throughout the play. Creon’s close-minded attitude can be seen when he says:

This is my command, and you can see the wisdom behind it. As long