Antigone And Creon: Tragic Characters

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The play Antigone by Sophocles explains how a powerful king and princess both experience a major downfall due to their respective character flaw. Even though both Antigone and Creon are considered tragic characters, Creon is the character who experiences the more intense downfall. Antigone’s tragic flaw is being too passionate while Creon’s tragic downfall is being too full of pride to make wise decisions. At the end of the play, Creon is still alive and has to deal with the loss of his wife and son thus, making him the most tragic character. Antigone’s tragic flaw is that she is too passionate and strong-willed for her own good. She insists on burying her brother, Polyneices, even when the king forbade it. When asked why she ignored his demand Antigone replied, “I dared. It was not God’s proclamation” (783, 64-65). Antigone is telling Creon that rather than listen to his man made laws that she would rather follow the higher authority of the God’s. This strong willed nature is what ends up leading to Antigone being sentenced to death. When Antigone chooses to hang herself rather than allow Creon to kill her, she further demonstrates her strong willed nature. Antigone’s unnecessary death clearly shows that she is a tragic character. Creon’s tragic flaw is that he is to prideful. Creon insists on killing Antigone because she disobeyed his decree. When Haimon questions his decision, Creon replies by saying,” I’ll have no dealing with law breakers” (792, 35-36). Creon is explaining to Haimon that he will not deal with any rule breakers and that Antigone will be put to die along with her traitor of a brother. Creon’s pride is what leads to the death of Haimon, his son, and the Queen, his wife. If Creon would have spared Antigone’s life, Haimon wouldn’t have killed himself and therefore the queen wouldn’t have murdered herself. Creon is the most tragic character

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