The True Tragic Hero of Antigone

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Has your pride ever stopped you from doing something? In Sophicles play Antigone. The king Creon indirectly kills his whole family by being stubborn and not listening to others opinions. Throughout his journey he displays the characteristics of Aristotle; tragic hero. These include being extraordinary, having good and bad sides, a tragic flaw, becoming aware of his mistakes and failing miserably in the end. Creon evolves a lot in this story and even though it ends tragically, he becomes a better person by the end. Throughout the story, Creon is depicted as larger than life, an over ruling force. Being the king of Thebes, he holds absolute power and influence over everyone around him. Sometimes Creon uses his power for good, while other times he makes mistakes. He generally tries to do the right thing, but he rules with an iron fist. Creon shows his good side by always trying to do the right thing to put his kingdom ahead, which isn’t always the right thing for his family. He often struggles with choosing between man-made law and divine law. However; Creon has an ugly side as well. He is merciless against people who disobey his laws. In the beginning of Antigone he shows his evil side by demanding that the Sentry find the person who buried Polynices, who he had decreed no one was allowed to give burial rights to. Upon my oath, I swear,/Zeus is my god above: either you find/the perpetrator of his burial /And bring him here into my sight, or death-/ No, not your mere death shall pay the reckoning, /But, for a living lesson against such infamy,/You shall be racked and tortured till you tell/The whole truth of this outra... ... middle of paper ... ...time to listen to others and have to much pride to admit that they might be in the wrong. They both feel the need to blame there actions on other people. The book Antigone is a very clear outline of the classic tragic hero traits. Though the book is named Antigone, it depicts Creon as the hero. Throughout the book ,Creon exhibits all the traits of a tragic hero including being extraordinary, having good and bad sides, a tragic flaw, becoming aware of his mistakes and failing miserably in the end. Works Cited Sophocles. Antigone. Trans. E.F. Watling. Sophocles: The Theban Plays. London: Penguin Books. 126-162. 1974. Print. Sophocles. King Oedipus. Trans. E.F. Watling. Sophocles: The Theban Plays. London: Penguin Books. 25-68. 1974. Print. Sophocles. Oedipus at Colonus. Trans. E.F. Watling. Sophocles: The Theban Plays. London: Penguin Books. 71-124. 1974. Print.
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