Antigone Essay

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In the play Antigone by Sophocles, a main character, Creon, is the tragic hero. A tragic hero is someone who has a fatal flaw that leads to his downfall. In this case, Creon’s fatal flaw is hubris, meaning excessive pride. Creon is the king of Thebes, after a civil war, he makes a law that no one can bury a traitor. Antigone, Creon’s niece and future daughter-in-law, decides so go against the law that Creon has made, and buries her brother. Creon feels that he is obligated to punish Antigone. Many people oppose Creon, but he is too stubborn to listen and to change his mind. When Creon had summoned Antigone before him, Creon had intended to punish her for her actions, yet because of his stubbornness, Creon harshened Antigone’s punishment. Antigone came in to Creon being very insolent and disrespectful. Creon called Antigone before him for she had deliberately disobeyed Creon’s new law by burying Polyneices, her brother, whom had been a traitor of war. Creon doesn’t show mercy to Antigone, even though she is his niece. Antigone had argued with Creon and believed that she had done the right thing by burying her blood. Antigone tells Creon that she is not the only person who disagrees with him and the law he made. Antigone did not deny doing anything and Creon asked her why she dared to break the law. Antigone answered Creon, “I dared. / It was not God’s proclamation. That final Justice/ That rules the world below makes no such laws” (page 208). Creon does not soften and refuses to let Antigone get away with what she did. Creon talks to the Choragos: This girl is guilty of a double insolence, Breaking the given laws and boasting of it. Who is the man here, She or I, if this crime goes unpunished? (Page 209) Creon is obstinate and says that if Antigone gets away with burying a traitor, she would be like the man in the situation. Creon does not want to lose to a

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