The views of Antigone and Creon are opposed, and they both possess the same stubborn belief in their own righteousness. This ultimately brings them both to their tragic fate. At first we believe that Creon acts from sincere, patriotic and unselfish motives, and that he is acting out of a sincere belief that his decision is best for the state. This is shown in the first episode (lines 163 - 331), where Creon hopes to be a wise and good ruler. Later on we learn that he is too inflexible and narrow to heed criticism or admit fault, and that this causes all the misery in his life.
Because of his good qualities, we experience pity for him and feel that he does not deserve the severity of his punishment. Lear’s actions are not occasioned by any corruption or depravity in him, but by an error in judgment, which, however, does arise from a defect of character. Lear has a tragic flaw, egotism, which is exemplified thus: “Which of you shall we say doth love us most” (I.i.52)? It is his egotism in the first scene that causes him to make this gross error in judgment of dividing his kingdom and disinheriting Cordelia. “Thy truth then be thy dowry!
On the other hand, Antigone believed in the divine laws of the gods that those who... ... middle of paper ... ...versial question of who is the tragic hero is answered with King Creon. Sophocles’ tragedy Antigone puts King Creon in the spotlight of the tragic hero because of his unyielding pride which blinds him from recognizing his mistake earlier. When he does realize his mistake, it is too late—he has lost his loved ones and now lives in despair. Furthermore, Antigone’s character was not as developed as King Creon because she never reached perpeteia or anagnorisis; she was headstrong in her determination to abide to the divine laws. Antigone teaches us that “There is no happiness where there is no wisdom… [that] Big words are always punished,/ And proud men in old age learn to be wise” (Sophocles et al.
Through their fatal mis-steps, their pride and ego, predominately affect their familial lives, which in turn causes them to realize the truth that they are tragic heroes. The noble characters, Oedipus and Willy rely on things of substantial value in their lives, but then unfortunately fail, further deepening their harmatia. In Arthur Millers’ essay “Tragedy and the Common Man,” he does not believe that just nobility and power over others is inadequate to just judge a select few: Insistence upon the rank of the tragic hero, or the so-called nobility of his character, is re... ... middle of paper ... ...before something happens?” (Miller 133). Biff is getting frustrated with Willy because he is trying to turn his son into somebody that he does not want to be. Willy’s tragedy is due to the fact that the truth for him is far fetched, since he is always seeing life in a flashback, which leads to his demise.
Not only is He to proud to ever except defeat in battle by never backing down from a fight but also he is too proud to tell Roxanne how he feels for he believes he will be defeated. This is often the reason why he has gained such a large amount of enemies throughout his life. His pride, along with his low self-esteem, is a burden that weighs him down throughout the play. Cyrano was an excellent example of a tragic hero; for he's a great hero but with tragic flaws, ultimately resulting in his defeat. His... ... middle of paper ... ...ce, possesses admirable traits and characteristics, and has a tragic downfall.
Creon?s punishment exceeds the crime; is one who has excessive pride and arrogance, like many of us, to suffer a lonely and hated life? Should we pity him? Creon fits all of Aristotle?s criteria to perfection. He is a good king with a high stature, although he is not perfect in his actions. The excessive pride sets the stage for his major flaw.
His intolerance intimidates the Thebans, “All these / Would say that what I did was honourable, But fear locks up their lips,” (Antigone 139-140). This shows that despite his short time as king, Creon has inspired the fear of his subjects. His power is strengthened by their resistance to confront him, and this power is what makes him an extraordinary person. Creon is often labeled as the “bad guy” in Antigone, but this classification characterization ignores his qualities that make him a more complex character with good and bad traits. He takes his position of power seriously, working hard to keep order in Thebe... ... middle of paper ... ...owledge of his failure.
Because of his good qualities, we experience pity for him and feel that he does not deserve the severity of his punishment. His actions are not brought on by any corruption or wickedness in him, but by an error in judgment, which, however, does arise from a defect of character. Lear has a tragic flaw: egotism. It is his egotism in the first scene that causes him to make his error in judgment - the division of his kingdom and the loss of Cordelia. Throughout the rest of the play, the consequences of this error slowly and steadfastly increase until Lear is destroyed.
Katherine Gallant Mrs. Principe ENG2DP-01 October 2017 TITLE????????!!!!!! Obedience to civil law is necessary to uphold order and peace. In the play, Antigone, by Jean Anouilh, Creon, the king of Thebes, states that anarchy is the greatest of evils and that good lives are made through discipline and lawfulness (Anouilh 42-47). Creon’s judgment and emphatic support of civil law makes him an inadequate leader because his actions in various situations lead to the untruthful messages to his people and the loss of his family members. First off, Creon’s belief in civil law caused him to do a grave action which in time lead to his downfall, he lied to the city of Thebes.
Creon made the morally wrong law of not letting anyone bury Polyneice’s body. Creon and Antigone both had tragic flaws. Antigone disobeyed the law by trying to bury Polyneices so Creon enforced his punishment on Antigone. Antigone decides she was going to go against Creon’s word when she told Ismene, Listen, Ismene: Creon buried our brother Eteocles with military honors, gave him a soldiers funeral, and it was right that he should; but Polyneices, who fought just as bravely and died as miserably. They say that Creon has sworn no one shall bury him, no one mourn for him, but his body must lie in the fields, a sweet treasure for carrion birds to find as they search for food.