Who Is Creon Tragic Hero

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Like Looking Through an Iron Wall The struggle for power can often cause human beings to neglect the most basic privileges in life. When people become overly-involved in achieving a specific task, this can sometimes result in the reveal of their worst qualities. Likewise, when someone takes a break from demanding duties to realize the importance of what they have or have had, their best qualities are sometimes displayed. In the Play Antigone, the character Creon reveals his many personality traits, the good and the bad, as he struggles to make a tough decision. In this work by the Athenian playwright, Sophocles, Creon is the tragic hero because he exemplifies the tragic flaw of hubris, and demonstrates both noble and evil qualities as he makes a challenging decision.…show more content…
After the death of his nephews Eteocles and Polyneices, Creon assumes the right to the throne and begins scene one with his inaugural speech, where he demands that Polyneices’s corpse “will be left unburied.” This request means that Creon’s overconfidence has led him to disobey the gods and deny the burial of a citizen based on his own opinion. It is this same arrogance that will lead him to condemn Antigone to death when he is told that she has disobeyed his decree and buried Polyneices, her brother. Creons pride reaches an all-time high when he decides to ignore the valuable advice of one of the wise Greek prophet Tieresias, telling him that “Even the cleverest fall and fail when they cloak their shameful message in glib words for the sake of gain”, which was Creon’s way of accusing Teiresias of accepting bribes. CREON Evil characteristic where he states that not even the family bind will save Antigone from
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