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.
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. Further more when confronted by Creon, himself she disrespected and basically told him to silence himself because his words were "distasteful" to her. So then sealing her death by becoming an immediate martyr for the wrong cause... anything against Creon's will. Creon, in his paranoia was plagued with the feeling of incompetence and need to establish dominance. His decree that no one would bury Polyneices only provoked the people of Thebes into thinking of him as insensitive to their culture.
I will either kill them, or myself, or both.” This can explain Antigone’s excessive desire to bury her brother and even further be supported in lines 25-28 when Antigone challenges her sister’s loyalty. Aristotle himself said that a tragic hero should be neither better nor worse normally than a normal person. With that being said Antigone’s sister, Ismene, was in the same position as her. Originally invoking a sense of naturalism this changes with Ismene’s refusal to help bury their brother. The lack of support for Antigone’s plan leaves her no choice, but distances herself from her sister who obviously doesn’t share the same family loyalty beliefs as her (Lines 77-81).
This caused Creon to be pitted against Antigone and ,in time, he sentenced her to death because he did not won’t his rules or laws to be questioned. Antigone sentence to death later on caused Creon’s son, Haemon, death as well. Haemon’s death caused the death of his mother and Creon’s wife, Eurydice. Creon believed that if he were to allow Antigone to bury her brother without any penalty, he would’ve been seen as a weak king, which means the people of Thebes would no longer want to subject to his rule or laws he set in
When her brothers Eteocles and Polynices killed one another, Creon, king of Thebes, forbade the rebel Polynices’ burial. However, Antigone disobeyed him, performed the burial, and was condemned to death for what she had done. Thru her actions she displayed vast uniqueness of a great female leader. In doing this, she stepped out of her place as a woman in a male dominated culture. She believed that the law of the Gods to give a proper burial to every dead body was more important, than the law of the King Creon.
Tragic Hero in Antigone The debate over who is the tragic hero in Antigone continues on to this day. The belief that Antigone is the hero is a strong one. There are many critics who believe, however, that Creon, the Ruler of Thebes, is the true protagonist. I have made my own judgments also, based on what I have researched of this work by Sophocles. Antigone is widely thought of as the tragic hero of the play bearing her name.
The first of the ageless conflicts of man is, “the confrontation of men and women” (360). This principle is applied in the conflict between Antigone and Creon. Antigone broke a law that her uncle, Creon, had created. As a result of this she was to be killed. Sympathy is felt for Antigone because she was punished for take a stand for what she believed to be the right thing.
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.
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.
Antigone expresses her positive side when she insists on burying her brother who has been killed in battle. Antigone isolates herself from others, a quality common among tragic heros. Ismene offers to share the crime of burying their brother but, Antigone denies the re... ... middle of paper ... ...come of her life was due to her own fatal flaw. Antigone clearly captures the audiences pity. Creon’s stubbornness and lack of compassion do not win pity.