Creon Vs Antigone Essay

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Antigone & Creon’s Tragic Flaws. The play Antigone, takes place in ancient Greece, in Thebes. Antigone is the daughter of Oedipus. Antigone is scrawny, sallow, withdrawn and boyish. Creon is Antigone’s uncle; he is also the king of Thebes. In Antigone, Antigone believes that humanity or natural laws have priority over Creon’s laws and disobey his instructions accordingly. Her pride ensures that she will die rather than renounce her beliefs, bringing further tragedy to other characters. The hero of a tragedy is a person of a great ability who comes to grief because of a fault within his or her character is a tragic flaw. Antigone is determined, proud and loyal to her family. She didn’t blend into the laws of Creon and buried her dead brother anyway losing her husband and her life. An example of a tragic flaw for Antigone would be when she said, “Thebes, and my fathers’ gods, and rulers of Thebes, you see me how, the last unhappy daughter of a line of kings, your kings, led away to death. You will remember what things I suffer, and at what men’s hands, because I would not transgress the laws of Heaven” (756). What Antigone said is a tragic flaw because she killed herself. She refuses to step away from her morals, she isn’t going to step away from them, and she is stubborn. Creon is king and has a lot of power; he is a very reasonable and a very sensitive man. He loves his nieces, his son, and his wife, but, he isn’t heartless. Creon sentences Antigone to death. An example of a tragic flaw for Creon would be when he said, “Whatever you say, you will not change my will” (759). This shows tragic flaw because Creon is stubborn with Teiresias and he doesn’t want to free Antigone. Antigone is determined to respect the God-given laws regarding the dead. Antigone risks losing her life, and Creon risks losing Cadmus, which was the founder of Thebes. She is a strong

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