Coming up with a one-sentence response to one of the questions below could give you a good thesis statement for an essay on Sophocles's Antigone. In what ways is Creon responsible for his own downfall? Does Creon suffer from excessive pride? How would you characterize Creon as a ruler? Is Creon deserving of sympathy?
Though Antigone takes place in a monarchical Thebes of antiquity, Haemon brings up democratic ideals when he tells Creon that the people oppose him and support Antigone. He explains to his father the value of public discussion in order to arrive at wisdom and consensus. Pericles had said: “instead of looking on discussion as a stumbling-block.