Paper: A Literary Analysis of Creon the King of Thebes

But it's for me to catch the murmurs in the dark, the way the city mourns for this young girl."(773-84) There is truth to his statement, but Haemon fears the wrath of his father and hides behind the "whispers of the people" for he could never dare to speak for himself. Creon can see that his son is hiding his true feelings behind these words, which causes him to believe that Haemon has an alterior motive. Creon begins to believe that his son's only purpose was to lie about the townspeople to gain his bride's life back. Haemon failed because he didn't believe in his own power to persuade his father. How could he expect Creon to respect his decision, if he couldn't even respect it? Creon respected his seer, Tiresias, far more than he respected his son. "! will obey you, | have never wavered from your advice before."(1095-96) Even though Creon respects Tiresias he stills believed that Tiresias had an alterior motive, just as he believed Haemon to, since he does not want his authority to be undermined. "You and the whole breed of seers are mad for money!"(1170-71) Creon feels his authority is threatened by Tiresias and his ego is wounded, so he insults Tiresias and states, โ€œAre you aware that you are talking to a king?"(1172-73) At this moment Tiresias tells Creon that his power as king will never compare to the power of the God's and he must take warning. The leader insists that Creon must heed Tiresias's advice. Once the severity of Creon's consequences is described and the lives of his family are threatened he is able to admit that he has made a mistake. Perhaps neither Haemon nor Tiresias could have convinced Creon to reconsider his decision....