Croon from Antigen and Winston from The Island experience the transition to knowledge from ignorance. In the play Antigen, Screen’s shift from ignorance to knowledge is seen through his transition from hubris to devastation. “l now possess the throne and all its powers,” says Croon at the beginning of the play, as he lists the principles that will come into prominence in the governing of the State (Sophocles, In. 193). Croon is determined to impose his laws upon the society.
He forbids burying the body of Policies, the exiled brother of Antigen, and declares that “death is the price,” (Sophocles, In. 247) for breaking his rules. When Antigen buries his brother, twice, and gets caught, Croon sentences Antigen to be left in a tomb away from the State. His stubbornness to force his word on Antigen continues even when Antigen and the people glorify her actions by stating that Policies was her brother and neither gods nor traditions could allow her to leave her brother’s body on the ground, unburied (Sophocles, II. 04-6). Croon, blinded by his power and hubris, plugs his ears to all reason presented by his son He-man, and tells He-man to “let [Antigen] find a husband down among the dead,” (Sophocles, In. 93) wanting to kill his own son’s bride. Croon is not only ignorant to the consequences of is actions, but also lacks wisdom and justice in sight. Croon knows He-man loves Antigen, and he knows that people support her actions.
People think that she does not deserve death but “she should be crowned instead! ” (Sophocles, II. 775-88). His craving for power and excessive pride prevent him from changing his decision. His ignorance to hear others causes him to be paranoid, thinking everyone is motivated by the desire to make money but not by reason or justice. Croon believes his way is the ultimate way. Despite all the opposition, he sends Antigen to the tomb.