Sophocles Antigone: Creon As The Tragic Hero

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The Tragic Hero In Literature and Society (4th edition), Sophocles’ play “Antigone” depicts Creon as the tragic hero because of his tragic flaw, his suffering, and the way he arouses pity and fear in the audience. In Greek mythology, Creon is of noble blood and the ruler of Thebes. He becomes the king after his nephew’s death. He orders a law to forbid anyone from burying Polyneices, brother of the former king Eteocles. Polyneices betrays his kingdom and dies killing his brother. According to Greek mythology, if someone is not buried properly, then that person will not be able to rest peacefully in the afterlife. Antigone, sister of Polyneices and Eteocles, betrays Creon and properly buries Polyneices. When he learns of her betrayal, he orders…show more content…
In the Greek civilization, that is something. The gods are who all men fear and respect. Among those men are prophets who interpret the will of the gods. In this story, a blind prophet named Teiresias represents the divine. “But a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong, And repairs the evil. The only crime is pride. Give in to the dead man, then: do not fight with a corpse—What glory is it to kill a man who is dead? Think, I beg you: It is for your own good that I speak as I do. You should be able to yield for your own good.” This quote shows that the gods also wish for Antigone to be set free. “Teiresias, it is a sorry thing when a wise man Sells his wisdom, lets out his words for…show more content…
Creon is the only person who fits the qualifications. He is of nobility. His pride causes an error in his judgment. He was being arrogant and ignorant. The death of his son and his wife exceeds his mistakes. He was able to realize his mistake before the tragedy occurs. He has to live with his punishment. When I read the play, I felt anger then pity. I was angry because of Creon’s ignorance. I felt pity because his punishment was too severe. I didn’t feel fear, but most people would. This tragedy could have been prevented if Creon became aware of his actions quicker. He was ignoring his problem with the burial of Polyneices. As he was ignoring it, the problem grew. The audience can learn from this play it to be free of ignorance, arrogance, and pride. Ignorance is bliss, but it doesn’t last long enough. If people are aware from the start, there wouldn’t be a need to feel blissful. There is no gain in being arrogant. Pride blinds people from visions that are clear. We all have Creon in us, but we have a better chance to not be tragic.

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