Though all of Creon’s decisions caused many deaths to happen and much sadness to come to him he still gets some sympathy. Creon says: “Nothing you say can touch me more. – My own blind has throught me from darkness to finish darkness -… I was the fool, not you: and you died for me” (Exodos, line 95). This shows that he knows he was a “fool” and regrets what he has done. It also shows that he is unhappy about the way he handled the situation. A person could show sympathy, in that all he feels is “darkness”, and anyone who has experienced loss understands this pain and suffering that he is going through.
Creon says: “Lead me away. – I have been rash and foolish – I have killed my son and my wife. – I look for comfort; my comfort lies here dead. – There is no happiness where there is wisdom; … big words are always punished, – and proud men in old age learn to be wise” (Exodos, line 142). Even though he has been through this situation he understands that he will be “punished” for what he has done. It also shows how a person could be sympathetic toward him, because he has lost everything. He has lost his son, Antigone, his sons mate, and his wife; therefore, he does not even want to live himself.
And at the end of the play he knows that even he has much to learn if only “to be wise. ” No matter what people said, Creon was stubborn in his way which caused him to become unsympathetic. – Haimon says: “Do not be unchangeable: do not believe that you alone can be right … the man who maintains that only he has the power … a man like that … turns out empty” (Scene 3, line 76). Haimon wants his father to know that is he does not change his ways in the end he will be alone. This is foreshadowing the end of the story where he will “turn out empty”.
This is because Creon was stubborn in his way, and was “unchangeable. ” And though he had good advice Creon would not take them and put them into action, and because of his non action it makes him unsympathetic. – Creon says: “I swear you’ll regret this superior tone of yours! – you are the empty one”: – you girlstruck fool … I swear, by all the god’s in heaven above us, you’ll watch it, I swear you shell” (Scene 3, line 129). This would suggest that Creon is going insane, and that something is going to happen his son by his own hand.
Creon is getting on to his son, but really he is getting on to himself. He is the one that will regret what he has done, it is he that is the empty, and it was he that went against the gods. He threatens the life of his own son just because he took a stand and told his father what he needed to hear. This suggests that he was stubborn in that he would not listen to others good advice. Creon was a person that did not even listen to his god’s, which leads some people to think of him as unsympathetic. Tiresias says: “The time is not far off when you shell pay back corpus for corpus, flesh of your own flesh.
You have kept from the god’s … the child that is theirs. The one in a grave before her death, the other dead, denied the grave” (Scene 5, line 77). This shows foreshadowing in the plot, and it also shows that even though Creon was warned would still lose everything. In this scene there is a lot of foreshadowing for analyzing also. When it says “Pay back corpus for corpus” it would suggest that he will be giving something of himself, and he will be punished for what he did to Antigone. It also says that “The one in a grave before her death, the other dead, denied the grave.
This would suggest that those who die before Antigone’s death would be honored with the gods, but the ones that fall after her will not. Therefore, this leaves Creon unsympathetic do to the fact that he will die after Antigone because of his own doings. Tiresias says: “And your house will be full of men and women weeping, and curses will be hurled at you from a far cities grieving for sons unburied, left to rot before the walls of Thebes. These we my arrows, Creon: they are all for you” (Scene 5, line 84).
Because of what Creon did to Antigone, and because the gods found favor with Antigone’s decision not Creon’s, everything will die. This line would suggest that the gods will not find favor with Creon or anyone else that is under his rule after Antigone’s death. There will be people “weeping” for their loved ones, and there will be curses toward Creon because of his decision. There is irony in this, because Creon did not give Antigone’s brother a honored burial, and now Creon will not be accepted or honored by the gods when he dies.