In Sophocles’s play Antigone, the throne of the city of Thebes has fallen into the hands of Creon, Antigone’s uncle, after the sudden and tragic death of Eteocles and Polynices. Under his rule, a new law forbidding anyone from burying Polyneices causes Antigone to decide between staying loyal to her country or to her family. In the play Antigone, the most real tragic hero that prevails is Creon because he embodies all the characteristics that a tragic hero must have while Antigone lacks some important characteristics. To begin, Creon conveys goodness because he chooses to punish Antigone for her crimes to keep Thebes as safe and orderly as possible. After Antigone confesses to her crimes in front of Creon and the Choragus, the confusion with
Catharsis is the process of releasing and thereby providing relief from strong or repressed emotions after the downfall. In Antigone, after Antigone is found dead in the tomb, Haemon is distraught about her death that he kills himself to be with his fiance “Haemon has been killed. No stranger has shed his blood” (Sophocles, 1305-1306). Haemon his only living offspring with wife Eurydice has killed himself, just like said by prophet Teiresias. Soon after Haemon’s suicide, Eurydice kills herself too.
(5. 109-111) Creon’s death sentence for Antigone led to his son’s suicide, which then caused the suicide of his wife. The reader feels pity for Creon for his lack of time to grieve and his tragic mistake that led to the loss of his family, this demonstrates his goodness. Creon, recently succeeded to take the throne of Eteocles, making him king. Therefore, giving him the title of royalty and showing superiority.
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.
Everyone in the city knew who Antigone was. She was Creon’s niece and his own son’s fiancee. The people of Thebes believed that Antigone and her siblings were cursed because of their family tragedy that lead their parents to kill themselves. The tragedy was that their parents were mother and son, unknowingly. A tragic flaw of Antigone’s is her excessive pride
He has put his own pride over the appreciation of the gods. Creon shows an extraordinary amount of stubbornness throughout the story. An example is seen when Antigone wishes to give her brother, Polyneices a proper burial so he can have a pleasant afterlife with the Gods. Creon, as king wishes to have him rot in the fields because he turned his back on the state in which the events occurred.
When the sons of Oedipus died, Creon rose to the throne because they were his family. When Polyneices broke his exile to try and take the throne, he died while killing his brother as well. Now a traitor, Creon attempted to make a positive statement to the public stating, “ Polyneices, I say, is to have no burial: no man is to touch him or say the least prayer for him; he shall lie on the plain, unburied; and the birds and the scavenging dogs can do with him whatever they like.” His decision was the correct thing to do for the public, but as his family, he is required by the gods to respect his family thus breaking the higher law. The next step for a tragic hero is a weakness in them that leads to their doom. Creon, as the new king of Thebes, recently gained a higher confidence, and along with it, an even bigger ego.
What is a tragic hero? A tragic hero most times affect the nature of the individual or character. Tragic heroes are always known to countenance their downfalls with dignity. According to Aristotle once said, “The tragic hero is a man of noble stature. He is not an ordinary man, but a man with outstanding quality and greatness about him.
The Tragic hero of Antigone is Creon. Admittedly some people think that Antigone is the tragic hero. They think this because Antigone moves the audience to pity. However, I think Creon is the Hero of this tragic story. I think this because Creon discovers the truth of his wrong choices and accepts responsibility for his actions.
He doesn’t like people who disobeys the rules of the government.They both are tragic characters because Antigone kills herself and Creon asks for his death to the gods.It can be argued that the tragic hero is Creon because of his excessive pride and his intense suffering at the end of the play. First of all, Creon fits Aristotle’s definition of tragic hero, which is excessive pride, also known as hubris. Creon is overconfident about himself and he doesn’t listen to others. For example, when the Choragos asked Creon: “I have been wondering, King: can it be that the gods have done this?” (Scene 1, Line 13), Creon says, “Stop! Must you doddering wrecks go out of your heads entirely?