Essay on Creon As The Tragic Hero In Antigone
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Sophocles’ Antigone is, without a doubt, one of the greatest tragedies ever written. There are many questions that somebody could ask about this work, but this one intrigues me the most: Who is the tragic hero? Could it be Antigone? Or could it be Creon? Antigone might be the name of the tragedy, but I believe that Creon is the winning candidate. His role in the plot of this tragedy, his sensible tragic fault, and his dynamic character are the obvious reasons why I chose him as the tragic hero.
First, Creon plays a significant role in the plot of Antigone. He, of course, is the center of the plot. It develops mostly around his actions. For example, Creon could have had the chance to live “happily ever…show more content…
Second, Creon’s faults brought an endless life of pain upon himself. He carried an easily describable tragic flaw. Of course, this defect is a vital trait of the tragic hero of any work. Creon’s flaw was that he was stubborn. I could not reason what Antigone’s tragic flaw could be. I believe that if Sophocles wanted Antigone to be the tragic heroine, he would have stated it more clearly in the story. I am convinced that she was simply a victim of Creon’s stubbornness, therefore leading her away from the role of the tragic heroine. I would simply consider her as a type of “puppet” character that Sophocles ingenuously used to emphasize Creon’s flaw. Creon’s defect brings misery to his life, for that his stubbornness indirectly kills Antigone, Haemon, and Eurydice. This, of course, fits the definition of a tragic hero. This can be easily reasoned by simply reading the work.
Finally, Creon is a dynamic character. He undergoes changes in emotion throughout the work. He realizes his mistakes when Tiresias forecasts the future. Thus, Creon attempts to correct himself by releasing Antigone. But he is too late. He is forced to live, knowing that three people are dead as a result of his actions. This punishment is worse than death. Although Creon’s self-righteousness and inflexibility did not change until the end of the play, his motivations traveled from patriotic ones to personal ones. This created a major portion of the
Show MoreWhen it comes to pride, when do we know that we have too much? A perfect example of having too much pride lies in the Greek tragedy, Antigone. In my opinion, it is the perfect example because the main character, Creon, is dealing with all the things that are happening because of Antigone’s decision to go against his law and many people are telling him that he is wrong, but he is too confident in his own choice that nothing bad will happen. Throughout the play, Creon appears too stubborn and so sure of himself, but do we really know that? Do we really know that he is confident? We don’t know what he is thinking so who are we to say and judge him. There must be reasons why he was stubborn and so hesitate to let his own niece off the hook.…show more content…
Of course though, he could’ve taken some of their words into thought.
Another reason why I think that Creon suffers the most is because in end, he is left all alone. His brother, Oedipus, his two nephews, Etocles and Polyneices, his niece, Antigone, his son, Haimon, his wife, Eurydice, all dies. His only family that we know of that is still alive is Ismene and she’s not even living in Thebes anymore because Creon sends her away thinking that she was equally involved in burying Polyneices. On top of having to be alone, he also has to continue living with the guilt. Even though Creon didn’t end up dead, he wanted to. He says to Choragos and the Messenger in Exodos, “Let it come, let death come quickly, and be kind to me. I would not ever see the sun again.” As said in the group discussion, him dying would be easier then living with all the burdens on his shoulders.
People can say that Antigone suffers more and they have their reasons. But like mentioned previously, Antigone dies in the middle of the story already which means her not having to deal with anything. In a way this story has foreshadowing because when Antigone has not committed suicide yet, Haimon says on page 719 line 19, “Then she must die. But her death will cause another.” After Antigone dies, Haimon dies and when Haimon dies, Eurydice, his mother, dies. So it is like a chain reaction.
Another thing that happens throughout