Creon is the tragic hero of “Antigone” because his hubris muddles his judgment and makes him cause his own undoing. Creon has many admirable qualities but within them a tragic flaw that causes great misfortune. Creon as a newly instated king of Thebes, makes a decree that Eteocles will
In Sophocles’ play Antigone, Creon, the king of Thebes, best represents a tragic hero. Creon demonstrates goodness in his intentions for Thebes as well as his fragile state due to the fact that he recently lost several family members. Creon, newly named king, finds himself as highest ranking official around, showing superiority. Creon often acts stubborn and prideful, his tragic flaw. And lastly, he must come to terms with the fact that he caused the death of his wife, son, and niece.
Without Creon, there would be no dilemma or conflict in the play. He is also the tragic hero of the play because he is the character that unintentionally leads his wife, son, and niece to their deaths. That is why the play is mostly about Creon even though the title of the play is Antigone’s name. Creon’s impact on the play is much more crucial than Antigone’s. Creon is in almost every scene of the play.
Her determination is so strong that her character becomes symbolic of family loyalty or blood ties” (Shmoop). Although she is not trying to teach a lesson per se, she does make an impact on those around her. Her fiancé and his mother both follow suit in Antigone’s suicide, leaving Creon alone in the end to reflect on his actions and their consequences. Antigone’s actions are not the only things that link her to her heroic archetypical role, her motivations for
My tableau is from the play Antigone. In this scene, Creon is sentencing Antigone to death. The main aspects to notice in this tableau is the white colored attire, the grey background, the lighting of both Creon and Antigone, and the position of Antigone in relation to Creon. The tableau shows Creon at a higher elevation that Creon in an attempt to assert his power over Antigone. However, Antigone is looking up at Creon without a sign of fear.
Antigone is last book in a play trilogy by Sophocles about the tragic downfall of a family. The play focuses mainly on Antigone’s conflicting motivations developing Creon as the tragic hero in the play, causing him to be greedy and power crazed and unwilling to take others opinions. This leads to Creon’s tragic downfall and the death of Antigone and others important to Creon. In the play Antigone’s motivations contrast Creon’s due to the difference in beliefs. Antigone’s motivations are that she believes both of her brothers deserve to buried and that the gods would agree with her and get to decide where his soul goes.
Name Institution Affiliation Course Tutor Date Sophocles play, Antigone dates back in 441 BC in Greece, Athens. The play has been translated into many languages today and even though there may be some setbacks in translating some words, the theme remains original. In historical point of view, the play was written at a time of national strife. The play begins with the death of two brothers Polyneices and Eteocles leading rival sides of the civil war in Thebes while fighting for leadership. The new ruler of Thebes is Creone and his decision is that Polyneices will not be given burial honors and he will be publicly humiliated while Eteocles will be honored during burial (Bloom, H. (1999).
Antigone strongly disagreed with Creon and his ways of thinking. She thought that all of his power and fame were going to his head. She thought that her brother was a hero for going and dying on the battlefield and that he should have a proper burial. She believed that he should be traditionally buried and not looked down soon like a villain of some sorts. Through the play of Antigone she shows her point of view by being very respectful but well worded at the same time.
Antigone is the last story of the famous Greek trilogy and tragedy, The Oedipus Cycle, and was written by Sophocles. In all Greek tragedies, including Antigone, they must include a character that is considered a tragic hero. A tragic hero must have a tragic spirit, vision, and suffering. In Oedipus Rex, the first story of the trilogy, it is clearly understood that Oedipus is the tragic hero in this story. However, the tragic hero of Antigone is a bit debatable.
In Sophocles’ Antigone, what appears to be a Greek tragedy story is filled with several central ideas that holds weigh even in our modern times. In Antigone, Sophocles explored the concept of civil disobedience, Devine laws versus laws of man or the state, and the price of pride. As a prequel to Oedipus the King, Antigone suffers the ramification of her father’s curse as she is false to defy her king in an attempt to honor her fallen brother. Although Antigone’s main goal was to honor Polyneices, she also defied Creon for personal honor, because she believes she “will suffer nothing as great as death without glory” (5). As selfish as it may seem, her personal honor is the reward of honoring Polyneices against King Creon’s edict.