Empowering the Self
A look how, despite the very different fates of the two main characters, Sophocles’ drama `Antigone` demonstrates that for both men and women it is difficult and dangerous to step out of their proper roles.
`Superficially, the characters of Creon and Antigone appear to have little in common in Sophocles tragic drama. Antigone is the tragic heroine who meets her death, whereas Creon, the King, is arguably a tragic hero who is left with the devastating loss of his family. They are both similar in that they defy the laws. Antigone defies the man-made laws of her land and she stands up to the male authority figures of her country. Creon, however, defied the natural laws of the Gods and realizes that in doing so he is a `vain silly man` (1556). Both act out of their own sense of what is correct and both consult their own consciences. Both characters are willing to risk everything for their beliefs. Despite the very different fates of the two characters, Sophocles’ drama demonstrates that for both men and women it is difficult and dangerous to step out of their proper roles.`