In every Greek Tragedy, there's a story to be told and a lesson to be learn. In
"Antigone", I believe that the chorus represents the god’s constant reminders that humans upon
making their own decisions will have to live with the consequences. The chorus is the constant
voice within this play to remind us all of what can happen when our decisions are made poorly.
King Creon goes thru his journey of being entangled with his ego, self doubts, remorse, and
finally overcoming and acknowledging self awareness. The chorus is there at each stage of king Creon's changing emotions and accepting his mistakes in the end.
After winning the war. Creon allows his ego to take over his governing. He sees
himself as a divine being and compares himself to God, the ruler of the entire universe. He rules
his kingdom for himself instead for his people because he proclaim his words as law. His first
order as the new king stated," Polyneices, I say, is to have no burial; no man is to touch or say
the least prayer of him; he shall lie on the plain, unburied; and the birds and the scavenging dogs
can do with him whatever he like." Creon's first ambition is that he is the law. He accused
Antigone for breaking his law of burying her brother as the honorable thing to do. He sentences
Antigone and Ismene, her sister, to death. Here I see and feel that the chorus is indeed telling a
story from the gods and we are seeing the beginning of a destruction of a king wanting to be like
the gods. Haimon, King Creon's son, takes steps in trying to persuade his father to let his future
bride and sister live. However, Creon's ego was unmoving.
After Creon sentence Antigone to a life imprisonment in darkness, his inner self
shaken a bit thru a conversation with his prophet, Teiresias. Teiresias tells him that his way of
ruling and making decisions were not that of a righteous leader. Teiresias leaves Creon with a
advise that the bad deeds one does...