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Tragic Fate In Creon's Hamartia

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Creon 's Hamartia: Pride, Prejudice, and Tragic Fate A man 's world indeed is depicted in the ancient Thebes of Sophocles 's Antigone. After the bloody civil war, the new controlling king, Creon, decreed the outlaw of the burial of Polyneices. Polyneices was a traitor of the state and leader of the civil war against Creon. His law against the burial greatly contradicted Greek religious law. Antigone rebelliously decided to bury her brother in spite of the law. Antigone is then charged for her crime and sentenced to a brutal death. Antigone 's execution causes Creon 's son to kill himself and finally, Creon 's wife also takes her own life. Creon is left alone to sulk in his misery. Ultimately, Creon 's hamartia is his unwillingness to yield to the virtue of the gods,…show more content…
Originally, he surmised that the guilty party must be a man, exhibited when he said, "I am very sure that these men hired others to do this thing." (325, Sophocles) as well as when he told Sentry to "find this man" (337, Sophocles) emphasis on man. Creon assumed that only men would oppose his rule and never anticipated that a woman would be bold enough to contest his law. This line reflects his subservient view of women as a whole. He stereotypes women to be submissive in nature like Ismene; he fails to account for the strong willed Antigone. When it is revealed that a woman disobeyed him, he is incensed all the more. Creon declares "When I am alive no woman shall rule"(577, Sophocles), as if the burial of a woman 's brother undermines the integrity of his authority. He views Antigone 's actions as a personal attack on his authority, instead of a duty to upkeep the divine rules. Creon placed more importance on his worldly laws than the divine order and refused to be swayed in his opinion because the bravest to plea the case was
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