The Greek playwrite, Sophocles, wrote many exceptional plays. One of these is Antigone. The play is named after Oedipus’s daughter, although it is primarily about her Uncle Creon. Creon is the focal point and it is his misjudgment and pride that causes his downfall. Yet, the title of this story is still Antigone. This is because it is her actions that lead to Creon’s fall. She is the catalyst for the chain reactions that occur in the play. All Antigone wants to do is give her brother, Polynices, a proper burial. But King Creon says that burying Polynices was illegal and punishable with death. He calls Polynices a traitor to Thebes because he had fought on the opposite side. Yet, Antigone loves her brother dearly and did indeed bury him. She did not deny anything saying that, “even if I die in the act, that death will be a glory” (63). When Creon found out Antigone had buried Polynices, he sentenced her to death. Creon was so convinced that a traitor must not have a proper burial that nothing would change his mind. His pride would not let him see reason, that all Antigone wants is a burial for her beloved brother. And so he ordered her death and this causes everything to fall apart for Creon. However, Creon did finally realize his folly, but it was too late. For Antigone was already died and when Creon’s son, Haemon, sees his died fiancée, he kills himself. Then, when Creon’s wife, Eurydice, learns of Haemon’s death, she in turn kills herself. Creon is left with nothing, no family, no happiness, and wanting to die himself. Clearly, it was Antigone’s actions in life and her very demise that leads to Creon’s catastrophic misfortune. This is the reason why Sophocles titled the play Antigone instead of Creon
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