Creon; King of Thebes and brother of Jocasta who is given the throne after the death of the two brothers, Polynices and Eteocles, who died in a war against each other. Creon is a character from the Tragic play “Antigone” which was written by playwright Sophocles. Though it may seem that Creon is the antagonist of the play, he would be considered the tragic hero because he displays many of the characteristics of one. Creon is a stubborn character who is disrespectful towards the natural order of things and is prideful; two traits that are also embodied in a tragic hero. In the story, Creon ordered that no one shall bury the body of Polynices because he has committed an act of treachery against the state.
In the story of Antigone, Creon has a much different personality than he does in the story of Oedipus. In the tale of Antigone, Creon is most definitely a tragic hero. He is a man of high standing who undergoes great suffering. Due to his one major flaw, he will have a downfall that we the audience will accept.
Sophocles depicts the contrast and clash between two people with opposing views in his play ‘Antigone’. One of those people is Creon, the highly motivated king of Thebes who takes pride in his own decisions that he believes to be right and sensible for the state and believes in a form of justice that can’t be compromised. The other person is Antigone, the protagonist and the daughter of the earlier king of Thebes, Oedipus. She places her faith and adheres to the irrational laws of religion and goes against the laws of man, thus defying common reason. We see more nuances to their defining attributes throughout Oedipus’s works.
In the story, the relationship between Antigone and Creon is very important and contrasts greatly. If they had found a way to resolve their differences, the story may have ended differently. The tension between these two characters is based on Creon’s actions and thoughts in regard to Antigone’s brothers and the brother she buried. Creon left Polyneices, her brother, to rot outside of the city. He commanded that if anyone buried Polyneices, they would be put to death.
A tragic hero is a character who makes a mistake due to a flaw that inevitably leads to their own destruction. The play Antigone is a very good example of showing what a tragic hero is. This play was written by Sophocles and tells the story about Antigone’s uncle, Creon, declaring to only bury only one of her two brothers after they killed each other in a battle over ruling the kingdom. She goes against her uncle’s law and buries Polynieces, who was left unburied while Eteocles was. Creon finds out about her doings, and sentences her to live in a cell until her death.
Antigone seems like an antagonist in this light because she never goes through this realization of admitting her mistakes and showing her flaws. In the play She never addresses her mistakes and she does not go through the transformation that Creon went through. She is stubborn but she does not recognize her flaws. Her stubbornness leads to her capture and eventually to her downfall. Her death is viewed as being a necessity to bring about Creon's self-realization which is a pivotal point in the plot.
Antigone is one of the greatest tragedies ever written by Sophocles. There is a controversial question about this play: Who is the tragic hero? Could it be Antigone or Creon? Even though the play’s name is Antigone, but as I read the story. A sensible and responsible king, Creon, is a tragic hero because of his power madness, self-righteousness, and ruthlessness.
Georg Hegel, a very influential philosopher once said that the conflicts in Greek Tragics are not good versus evil but rather two different point of view taking a stand for themselves. The concept of the play is the conflict between Antigone and Creon, the story developed based on their conflict. But the conflict itself seems only to be the result of belief perseverance ──one uphold to one's initial belief even after receiving new points of views. Antigone and Creon both thought they believed they were following the will of the gods and the their own inner moral standard.
In the play Antigone by Sophocles one central idea behind the play is the guilt that Creon's life has put him at. In the beginning, Creon is shown to be a horrible, stubborn, and ignorant king to his citizens in Thebes, but over the course of the ply one can tell that he has a made a big impact to his peers and he’s realized what he has done is wrong in the world. Antigone, who is a strong, power, young girl, stood up to someone of a higher power of her and she stood up for what she thought was right; Creon didn’t budge and listened to himself, ignoring other opinions. By not taking in any opinions into consideration something bad was going to come, Creon was indulging Antigone in making the choice about whether state laws come first, over family. By the end of the play it
Sushma Karki Professor Jacqueline Bradley English 1302 November 6, 2017 Protagonist and Antagonist of Antigone Antigone is a famous Greek tragedy story by Sophocles. This story about a young girl who punished by a king, for breaks the king’s decree. In this play, two main characters move forward the story from starting to climax and climax to end. One of the characters of this play is the antagonist and another is the protagonist. The protagonist is a good guy, who plays the positive role model role in the play.