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
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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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