Creon Essay

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Comedy Tragedy Antigone After a long heart retching battle, two brothers are left dead on the streets. One is getting buried a little every day. "Tragedy, then, is an imitation of a noble and complete action, having the proper magnitude; it employs language that has been artistically enhanced . . . ; it is presented in dramatic, not narrative form, and achieves, through the representation of pitiable and fearful incidents, the catharsis of such incidents"(Aristotle). Sophocles play Antigone is a great example of Tragedy. In the play Antigone Creon fits Aristotle’s definition of plot. A positive, active protagonist caught in sharp conflict with opposing forces: suffers greatly and moves from good fortune to misfortune (Aristotle). The character Creon goes from fortune to misfortune when he loses his son Haemon and his wife Eurydice. “Oh no, / another, a second loss to break the heart. / What next, what fate still waits for me? / I just held my son in my arms and now, / look, a new corpse rising before my eyes-/wrenched, helpless mother-O my son” (Sophocles, 1420-1425)! His good fortune was his family and power and without his family he has no power. When Antigone gets caught burying her brother fits Aristotle’s definition of Catharsis. The release of emotion from the audience. (Aristotle) No one knew exactly what was going to happen to her when she got caught. “I will take her down some wild, desolate path/ never trod by men, and wall her up alive/in a rocky vault, and set out short rations…” (Sophocles, 870-872). The character Creon also fits Aristoles definition of Hero. A good man, noble, larger in spirit that the average man, but not free from a blemish, fails to keep his balance on a high place and therefore falls (Aristotle). He starts to fall after Antigone kills himself and Haemon decides that he can’t live with

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