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Creon Tragic Hero Analysis

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A tragic hero is a literary character who makes a judgement error that inevitably leads to his or her own destruction. Every Greek tragedy must have a tragic hero. In Sophocles's play, Antigone, that tragic hero is Creon. He possesses the tragic flaws of excessive pride and a oversized ego. This causes the tragic reversal that leads to his emotional ruin with not only himself but also his family. The promotion to the conflict was that Creon created a law in which enabled Polyneices, Antigone’s brother, to be buried in a improperly way. Antigone found it fit to bury her brother causing her to disobey the law of Thebes. Between Creon and Antigone it's clear that the strength of a family lies in it loyalty to each other. Creon’s stubbornness , excessive pride , and oversized ego are his…show more content…
In the play it is very clear that Antigone is very loyalty to her family no matter the consequence which cannot be said for Creon's family. Creon’s action about killing Antigone drove his own son and wife to kill themselves. Haemon begged his father to not kill Antigone but Creon’s need to be right was far much important than his loyalty to his son. Haemon's death contributed to Creon's wife death because she couldn't bare the thought of her son gone. After Creon heard the horrible news something changed about him as he stated “ I killed you, my son, without intending to, and you, as well, my wife. How useless i am now. I don’t know where to look or find support. Everything I touch goes wrong, and on my head fate climbs up withs its overwhelming load,(1486- 1490) .” Creon’s disloyalty to his family brought him to his worst nightmare. He realize what a huge mistake he has done and regrets it. He is useless now with no support of his family. Creon’s realization that his family died because of him proves that Creon’s loyalty to them was non existent making him weak as a person and a
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