In scene one, Creon is speaking to the chorus. What does he compare the state to? What obligations does he say a person has when that person sees the government "headed for ruin"? Why does that become ironic given his later actions in the play?
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He talks about the state as being a "ship." He does nott want people to be silent when they see the ship heading for ruin; they must, as he is doing, speak up. Ultimately, he becomes so filled with hubris by the end that he ruins the ship, loses his son, his wife, and his son's bride and no one is willing to speak against him until it is too late.