Creon declares Polyneices not to be buried, punishes and kills Antigone for trying to give her brother a proper burial, lets no one mourn his death (SP4). Although Creon didn’t kill himself he has to live with his knowing that he brought this tragedy on himself. Both characters were challenged together in separate ways with both unfortunate outcomes. In both stories we know that Okonkwo and Creon rule by fear and they both believe that having power is the most important thing; it isn’t (SP1). That trait of fear of weakness may as well of been both Okonkwo and Creon’s tragic flaw which caused the two their devastating downfall.
The two buttheads in the political for Creon and personal for Antigone situation and bring about the downfall of the royal family. Aristotle's view on a tragic hero is someone that would have to be held in high standards (royalty) in order to evoke compassion and anxiety in the audience. Creon and Antigone are royalty and share the most important aspect of a tragic hero, each have a tragic flaw. Both of the two characters have an inability to compromise or even reason with. Antigone's tragic flaw was amplified by her loyalty for her brother; she acted irrational, in not taking preparation or thoroughness into consideration when burying her brother.
His mistaken judgment and action led to the multiple suicides of his family, making him sorrowful and is also a punishment, which is a characteristic of the tragic hero to Aristotle. Although both Creon and Antigone hold the same qualities and character flaw, Antigone is more of an honorable, respectable hero who sacrificed herself for her brother while Creon was a misjudging, pitiful hero antagonist. The flaw is what made Antigone so great of a character, but made Creon despicable and in the wrong. Ultimately, Creon was the one who learned and taught the audience a lesson about pride and life, which is the purpose of the tragic hero and the goal of Greek writers’ plays.
Aphrodite’s resentment towards Hippolytus caused her to create his fate by making him a victim. Phaedra’s death was only the first step to truly make Hippolytus suffer. The awful note had left Hippolytus reputation in shambles as his own father had banished him from the town. Theseus screeches in terror, “How like you is what you’ve said! You will not die in this way, according to this law you’ve set up for yourself; for a quick death is easiest for an unfortunate man.
Appropriately, Creon's station as king place shim in a position of great power, influence and responsibility. The extent of this power was quite evident when he sentenced Antigone to death for disobeying his proclamation. Creon's tragic flaw was his hubris or his pride and arrogance in the face of divine powers. His downfall began when he denied the basic divine right of burial to Polyneices and was cemented when he condemned Antigone for her opposition to his law. When one closely examines Antigone's reasons for burying her brother, it becomes clear that she was simply demonstrating her love, honor, and loyalty to her family.
They could have made Oedipus’ life less miserable, but they decided to destroy his and his family’s life by this terrible fate without him committing a sin. “It was Apollo, friends, Apollo, who brought to fulfillment all my sufferings. But the hand that struck my eyes was mine and mine alone.” Oedipus blames Apollo for his two shameful crimes that caused his sufferings. On the other hand, he admits that the gods had nothing to do with his blindness, and that he’s responsible for that. Also, in the previous quote, Oedipus tries to diminish his shame by convincing his people that it is not his fault, but Apollo’s, for murdering his father and marrying his mother.
Oedipus holds the flaws of stubbornness to accept the truth, acceptance of his fate and arrogance. Both heroes share the weakness of pride, which will bring them shame and losses. These flaws would unquestionably lead to their tragic endings. Pride is a fatal characteristic that is the major weakness of Othello and Oedipus. Not only did pride bring about the collapse of their lives, but brought death and agony to those that surrounded them.
Julius Caesar may have been a noble person, but the people of Rome did not think so. In Julius Caesar, Shakespeare shows the Caesar comes to an unhappy end when he is murdered by the people he loved most. Within this play Julius Caesar is portrayed as a tragic hero. A tragic hero is defined as “the main character of a tragedy [who is] usually dignified, courageous, and high ranking” (Novel Study Guide). Also vital to defining a tragic hero is that, “the hero’s downfall is caused by a tragic flaw” (Novel Study Guide).
His biggest fail was the guilt he felt after the death of Antigone because he knows that her death is basically his fault. For example, if he would done the right thing and let Polyneices be bury without consequences then Antigone would not committed suicide leaving the cycle of his own family committing suicide. With the guilt of her death cause a domino effect with the suicides of his son and
Antigone is widely thought of as the tragic hero of the play bearing her name. She would seem to fit the part in light of the fact that she dies for doing what she believes is right. She buries her brother without worrying what might happen to her. She "Takes into consideration death and the reality that may be beyond death" (Hathorn 59). Those who do believe that Antigone was meant to be the true tragic hero argue against others who believe that Creon deserves that honor.