Creon And Antigone's Role In The Tragedy.

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Creon and Antigone are both honourable people, yet both are fatally proud and that is the source of the tragedy. To what extent do you agree?

The source of tragedy in Antigone by Sophocles cannot be simply attributed to the hamartia of the two protagonists, Creon and Antigone. Both are guilty with being fatally proud as they refuse to listen to other people and are determined to execute their free will. Though both are honourable people because they adhere to their principles without question, they have also shown that they are not honourable as their hubris clouds their judgement, ultimately leading to the tragedy of the play. This, along with other contributing factors such as the impact of hamartia, the conflict of following one’s will and state order play a part in the tragedy of the play leading to the deaths of Antigone, Eurydice and Haemon.

The characters’ motivations lead them to pursue their ambitions to fulfil their principal duty, which is either adhering to state laws or to their personal conscience, thus creating the foundation for Antigone’s tragedy. For example, Creon is a despotic King who dictates rules that he expects his State to follow. This suggests that he perceives himself as the law enforcer of Thebes because he ensures that his law is followed and not even the law of the Gods can contest his. This is especially evident when the Chorus suggests that the burial of Polynices could have been “an act of the [G]ods”, to which he angrily rebuts as “blasphemy…to[that]carrion flesh.” The motivation for Creon is the Chorus’ support through his actions where they please him as “ha[ving] spoken well” and acknowledges his regime: “Your will is law.” This highlights the importance of Creon’s motivations in fulfilling his principal duty to himself, as well as to maintain the law and order of his people and the City of Thebes. His statement that

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