Creon as King Essay

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Is creon the tragic hero of the play Antigone? By-maiyuran kuruparan Antigone, which was written by Sophocles, is possibly the first written play that still exists today. There is much controversy between who the 'tragic hero' is in the play. Some people say Antigone because she believe in the un-written law and died fighting for it, some say Creon because of the mistakes he makes that downfallen his kingdom, others even say Heamon. I believe Creon displays all of the characteristics of a 'tragic hero'. He receives compassion through the audience, yet recognizes his weaknesses and his downfalls from his own self-pride, stubbornness, and controlling demands. This is quote told by Aristotle he explains who is a tragic hero “A tragic hero is a character who is not eminently good and just, yet whose misfortune is brought about not by vice and depravity, but by some error or frailty…”(sparknoted/ ) First of all Creon’s ego influenced his decisions once he came to power. He believed that a king owns the land and the people living there have to blindly follow the orders of the ruler. He passed a law that restrained anyone from burying his own nephew’s body. Creon tried to prove that by ignoring family relations he gave more importance to law and order in Thebes. He believed his law was more powerful than the laws of the gods. He believed that anyone who disobeyed his law will be punished no matter who you are; this was the biggest mistake which lead him to lose his son and his nephew. Second, Creon abused his power by thinking that he can change or break the laws of the Gods and not allowing other people to break his laws. He did not want to burry Polyneices' body because he believe a traitor who fought against his home land doesn’t deserve the sane burial as a son who died defending his homeland , but one of the God's laws is that every

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