In Sophocles’ play, Antigone. Antigone is completely opposite than Creon in many ways. Creon is a stubborn, and cruel,he had become a leader after Eteocles and Polyneices has fought and being killed. Creon is seen as a tragic hero according to his ego and attitude which led to his downfall.
Everyone was aware of the conflict. Some agreed with Antigone’s point of view and others stuck by their king, Creon. Antigone was engaged with Haemon, Creon’s son. His son was in conflict with his father’s way of using his authority. He let Creon know that for sending away his love he would hate him forever. He went off to save Antigone. He was to late. She had already died. He went back in desguest to his father’s kingdom, Thebes. When he got their, he got infront of his father and committed suicide. Creon was devistaded. “So senceless, so insane. . . my crime, my son, cut off so young! Thoughtout your stupidity, no, my own” (1257-80). Creon began to realize what he had done by being in conflict with those he loved.
A tragic hero is a character who is high rank and encounters many problems. One who tends to attract attention, cause severe suffering, and basically is a noble person. In Sophocles play Antigone, he displays two heroically tragic figures. One of them is Creon, who is self-centered and has exaggerated pride. Also, Antigone is viewed as one of the heroes of the play, and she has numerous shocking imperfections which lead to her fall.
Family is supposed to be the ultimate support, everlasting, and always ready to forgive. In Antigone by Sophocles, Creon is immersed in a “power trip” that alienates and even kills his family. He caused his son, Haemon’s death, his wife, Eurydice’s death and Antigone’s death. Creon views himself as the perfect leader, believes he is always correct, and in turn has to live with the guilt of three deaths that were his fault.
Having that in mind, as most dictators are, he is as thirsty for power as the rest of them. He dominates his land by his own will rather than the good of his people. Creon has no respect for anyone and keeps a narrow mind and does not care what anyone has to say about his actions, especially when it comes to not burying Polyneices. He is too stubborn for his own good and with the addition of his hubris; he is too blind to acknowledge he could ever wrong. Not only that but he is very cocky as well as very self-righteous. The king not only defies The Gods by not allowing his own nephew’s spirit to pass, but even takes it further and says, “The State is King!” in which he has said that he is practically better than all of the gods combined. He, along with his remaining family members, will fall at the hands of his unyielding rule. Terisias had predicted this and mentioned to Creon that this will lead to his own doom. Terisias even tries to warn Creon that he has another opportunity to redeem himself, “Think: all men make mistakes, but a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong, and repairs the evil.”. Creon shoulders a lot of the blame but, he is not the only one to blame. More or less every character is this whole play is to blame because they were all too afraid to do anything about this situation, until the day Antigone showed
Just like Antigone, Creon in Sophocles’ Antigone also comes into acquaintance with pride and similarly experiences a downfall thus revealing a message about himself and his weaknesses. In Sophocles’ Oedipus the King, Creon’s character initially starts as a humble person who has little interest in status and power. Eventually, when Creon tastes the benefits of power and the controlling enjoyment it brings, pride begins to creep in and encircles him with selfish desires. After the death of Antigone’s brothers, Polyneices and Eteocles, Creon rises to power and begins his prideful actions by recreating the land of Thebes. By creating laws that allow him to counteract the gods’ laws, he becomes prideful and views himself as the one responsible to lead his kingdom to success.
In the story “Antigone” you are introduced to two characters, Antigone and Creon, they both share traits of a tragic hero, but Creon better fits a tragic hero then Antigone does.
Creon is a tragic hero, because his downfall is due to his flaw which is his avaricious and hubris character. Even though Creon possess many positive qualities, his pride and arrogance effects his decisions. His fatal flaw was that his arrogance made him reluctant to value other people’s opinion. As he refuses to let Antigone go free, even though his own son and the chorus tried to persuade him. Because of his love for the state, he loses his wife and his
Antigone thought at first that her actions were justified and righteous when it came to the question of morals and ethics. Creon was not at all different, believing that his way was the "right" way, or the way the "Gods" would have chosen. Both realized the mistake they made, and regretted it later, when it was too late.
Creon was a happy man once, but his stubbornness was his downfall. Creon, the Antagonist in the play “Antigone,” had just been crowned king of Thebes. He was paranoid someone was going to usurp his throne, therefore he sought out to punish anyone who broke his law. This ultimately led to his downfall by the end of the play.