Creon’s tragic flaw is that he is to prideful. Creon insists on killing Antigone because she disobeyed his decree. When Haimon questions his decision, Creon replies by saying,” I’ll have no dealing with law breakers” (792, 35-36). Creon is explaining to Haimon that he will not deal with any rule breakers and that Antigone will be put to die along with her traitor of a brother. Creon’s pride is what leads to the death of Haimon, his son, and the Queen, his wife.
He leaves Corinth and travels to Thebes, and on the way he unknowingly kills his father during a quarrel. After saving Thebes from the Sphinx, he is given the hand of Queen Jocasta, his mother, for marriage and he becomes the new king of Thebes. One of the many reasons Oedipus is a coward is that he didn’t want to face his parent s again. His thought at the moment when he blinds himself is that if he killed himself he will see his real parents in the underworld, who he had committed those crimes against. Instead of repenting for his sins he escapes them.
Through multiple problems of which Creon has no control, one feels sympathy and fear for him. Creon rules Thebes as a strong king who lays down the law and sticks to it. Creon sends out a harsh, but unbiased edict. He declares that Eteocles’s body will be honored with a burial, but Polynices will be left to rot. Creon prevents the people in Thebes to bury Polynices by saying that anyone who tries to bury him will be sentenced to death.
In Greek theatre Creon would be the protagonist (first competitor.) In the play, Creon’s excessive power turns the him into a bad leader and this could have been perceived by fifth-century spectators as a warning against democratic rulers who abuse their position of authority. I would demonstrate Creon, at first sight, to be the true hero of the play as he is presented, like the aristotelian tragic hero, as a man of authority who comes crashing down from his position of greatness. But he lacks the heroic temperament. I would present a man who displays every symptom of heroic stubbornness but who in the end is swayed by advice, makes major concession until his final collapse.
• “O Julius Caesar, thou art might yet” – said by Brutus when he finds his friends killed by the army of Antony and Lepidus. • “This was the noblest Roman of them all” – said by Antony when he finds Brutus dead. • “So call the field, and let’s away / To part the glories of this happy day.” – said by Lepidus as he ends the play. PERSPECTIVES OF CHARACTERS Brutus: At first, he does not commit to Cassius’ conspiracy to assassinate Caesar. He is convinced by letters written by Cinna that the civilians of Rome request him to prevent Caesar from gaining power.
Sample Legal Brief Citation: Kreon vs. Antigone Facts: Kreon, uncle of Antigone, who is now the king of Thebes, the very moment he became the ruler he pronounced to follow Thebes’s death rule of burying his own nephews. He proclaimed and was honored to bury Eteokies because he wanted to fight for the city, but he forbids to have a burial ceremony for Polyneikes because Polyneikes was the one that wanted to destroy the city Thebes, and Kreon did not like the fact someone like him wanted to destroy his own city. Antigone in the other hand, is the very opposite of her uncle, she declares to bury her own brother. Antigone does not care what will happen to her. She is eager to break the rules of Thebes for her own brother.
Creon: The Tragic Hero In order for a character to be a tragic hero, he or she must possess certain traits. Some of the traits for the character to have are flaws, recognition and reversal, and suffering and loss. Creon, the tragic hero of Antigone has these traits. Throughout the play, Creon shows his flaws, he recognizes his mistakes, he tries to reverse his mistakes, and he goes trough a tragic amount of suffering and loss; making him the tragic hero. Creon’s prominent flaw is the amount of hubris he has.
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.
In this section, Antigone encourages Ismene to help bury their brother, Polynices. He died a terrible death and Antigone believes he deserves a proper burial no matter what everyone else says about the way he died fighting against the city. Creon has specifically asked that no person mourn or touch his corpse and to “leave him unburied for the dogs to tear.” Ismene agrees to do one thing for Antigone in her master plan: to not tell anyone what she is going to do. Creon becomes king because he inherits the throne. Eteocles, Ismene and Antigone’s good brother, died fighting for the city is given a proper burial.
Antigone states that she is innocent, and therefore, Ismene is set free. • Creon- He is Jocasta’s brother and the ruler of Thebes. He is also Haemon’s father. Creon exiled Oedipus from Thebes after Oedipus killed his father and married his mother. Creon also declared that Polyneices would not receive a proper burial because he committed treason against his own city.