Antigone By Creon: A Tragic Hero

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According to Princeton University’s WordNet.web, a hero is someone of exceptional courage and strength. In the words of the great playwright Aristotle, “A man doesn’t become a hero until he can see the root of his own downfall.” In most cases, tragic heroes have a high class in their society, but their character flaw causes their downfall in society. In the play Antigone, Creon exemplifies the traits of a tragic hero because his excessive pride led to his downfall; the chain of events that happened to Creon also caused the audience to feel deep pity for Creon. In terms of literature, a flaw is the specific character trait ¬that brings the downfall of the character. Creon’s tragic flaws are stubbornness, arrogance, and pride. All his actions…show more content…
The idiom, “grass to grass” basically means to do act wrongly and lose a strong reputation. During his ruler ship as King, Creon forgot to perform his main duty which is to serve the people based on their needs & wants. Instead, Creon did whatever his heart pleased. Creon had to endure a major change in his society because he took the fall from the good grace of a noble, respected king. He punished Antigone to live in a cavern in the rocks to starve to death. “…I have heard them/ Muttering and whispering in the dark about this girl…no woman has ever, unreasonably, / Died for such an unreasonable act…She should have all the honor we can give her”(Scene 3, Lines 61-68). Even the townsmen and villagers were beginning to question Creon’s judgements; they slowly began to side with Antigone. The people under his authority see Creon as an unfit king; it foreshadows conflict and tragedy to take place to Creon. Antigone didn’t fit in well with the other members of her society, but Creon had a very high status as King. Creon’s excessive pride that wants control of everything leads to the fall from grace Creon is about to
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