Aristotle describes a tragic hero as a literary character who makes a judgment error that inevitably leads to his/her own destruction. (Ohio) Most often, this judgement error is an act of hubris or pride. Therefore, to prove this claim is true, it is necessary to analyze both Antigone and Creon’s actions during the play. First, we will take a look at Antigone and the events she suffers through. The story begins with a prologue told by a conversation between Antigone and her sister Ismene. From this conversation we learn that Antigone’s brothers have been slain over a fight for the throne. Not only that, but “Creon buried our brother Eteocles… but Polyneices… Creon has sworn that no one shall bu...
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...o have her killed and commits his error of pride. The result is that all of his relatives end up committing suicide. These actions perfectly fit the description of the main character being brought to ruin.
Antigone is not brought to ruin. She acts out of loyalty and in the end decides to bring death upon herself. The story never describes her as having a fatal flaw such as Creon’s pride. The only example might be her stubbornness when arguing with her uncle. These comparison make it very clear that Creon is in fact the tragic hero of this play. The final passage in the play also supports this statement. “There is no happiness where there is no wisdom; No wisdom but in submission to the gods. Big words are always punished, And proud men in old age learn to be wise.” These words are not talking about Antigone, they describe the lesson Creon learned through his demise.
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