After Creon’s family’s deaths, Creon’s pride crumbles as he realizes he was wrong in his actions. In addition, “And proud men in old age learn to be wise (Choragus, Exodus).” I believe this quote shows wisdom does not come with age, but with knowledge. Creon filled with pride, refused to listen to other’s opinions and did not become wise. Once his family died admitted his mistakes and then became capable of becoming wise. In conclusion Creon became conscious of his pride too late and then had to pay the price.
Tragic hero, a Tragic hero is a not so perfect person of high social status. That then has a downfall from his from his high title in society and pays for all of his wrong doing. During or after his downfall he has a moment of clarity finally realizing what he has done. In the book “Oedipus The King” Oedipus shows to be a true tragic hero. Using Oedipus as an ideal model, Aristotle says that a tragic hero must be an important or influential man who makes an error in judgment, and who must then suffer the consequences of his actions.
For example, when Antigone asks Ismene to break the law Ismene replies in fear saying "Think of how terrible than these deaths, our own death would be if we were to go against Creon." (Line 42). The power that Creon has over his people plays an important part in the play. When Creon makes a decree saying that Polyneices will not have a proper burial, his life starts to spiral out of control. This action leads to him being considered a tragic hero.
Suffering was given to both of these men and what I found was some similarities and some differences between these “innocent” men. Job is in search for the source of his misery and would allow him as an honest believer to call his miseries a divine punishment. Oedipus is looking for the murderer of Laius, which I believe to be an outlining guilt of his own and is in fact his own misery. They both reach the same conclusion at the end of their journeys that some things are beyond the reach of human beings. The differences are that Job’s search for truth pleases God, that his seeking for righteousness is just and noble.
According to Brown, “The dramatist depicts incidents which arouse pity and fear for the protagonist [Antigone], then during the course of the action, he resolves the major conflicts, bringing the plot to a logic and foreseeable conclusion (Brown, para 5). The tragic hero in Antigone is Creon. Tragic heroes are not all good and not all bad. Creon suffers a great deal due to his tragic flaw and destructive pride. Creon believes the gods make him suffer the loss of his wife and son as punishment for his pride.
Can it be said that arrogance is a sign of a good leader? In the Greek tragedy Oedipus Rex, written by Sophocles, the title character embodies qualities that foster his leadership but also bring about his demise. Oedipus Rex is a story of a king that must banish a plague from his city. During his efforts to accomplish this goal, he discovers his true identity, loses his innocence, and becomes forever blinded by the truth. Through the great tragedy Oedipus Rex, we can easily see how Sophocles personified the tragic hero.
A hero suffers an extreme reversal of fortune, from great success to abysmal failure, which causes immense suffering. Brutus suffers from knowing that what he did to Caesar was wrong, so he kills himself. He thought that killing Caesar was a great success to Rome, which then leads to a dreadful failure, the people of Rome saying that what he did was dishonorable. After his failure, he decides to let Caesar not suffer anymore, “Caesar, now be still; I kill’s not thee with half so good a will.”(V, 5 50-1) After his dreadful failure, his final suffering entered his life, “I know my hour is come,” (V, 5 19) Brutus’s immense suffering and only escape was death, and suffered his death honorably. A tragic flaw is a weakness that makes a hero susceptible to mistake, which brings on the fate of personal tragedy.
He believed that his devotion to helping and advising the people of Athens should have proved that he was a blessing from God. Socrates reasoned that to condemn him would be to sin against God. Also, considering his devotion to teaching and advising, Socrates believed that the city of Athens would be at a great loss if he were to be sentenced to death, because as he says, “You will not easily find another like me.” (13). Continuing his dialogue, Socrates addresses the jury with views of right and wrong, and appeals to the consciences of the men who are to
Elliot Campos Nielsen A.P. English 14 October 2011 Oedipus: Guilty? I'll be the Judge of ThatIn the tragedy of Oedipus the King, it is Oedipus who is responsible for the fulfillment of his own catastrophic fate. In the pattern of a tragic play, it is by his own flaws that he creates a ripple, disrupting his life and setting the misfortunes into motion that ultimately result in his declension. In his own hands is the guilt of; the death of his wife, his children being cast from their home, and the eventual blinding of himself.
Ahmad Rathore 3/25/11 Creon: An Aristotelian Tragic Hero Aristotle, an ancient Literary Critic believed that in order for a character to be a tragic hero, the character must fulfill certain qualities. In Sophocles’ Tragedy Antigone, Creon who was once the cities most favored King, fell to ruin after causing the death of his own son. Not only did he kill his own son, his wife committed suicide because of such unbearable news. According to Aristotle Creon executes such criterion to the highest extent. Aristotle believed that a tragic hero must have been a man of greatness and nobility, while still being flawed in essence to his personality.