Creon The Tragic Hero In Sophocles Antigone

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The play Antigone by Sophocles, translated by Paul Roche, was first performed in 441 BC focuses on the life of Antigone who is the daughter to the ex-rulers of Thebes. She has 1 other sister who is not supportive since she is manipulated by her uncle Creon who now rules after her 2 brothers killed each other in a fight for the throne. Creon and Antigone are the protagonist and antagonist who don’t seem to get along very well despite being related. Creon believes one thing and is very firm on his beliefs, while Antigone’s thoughts contradict to what Creon’s beliefs are, leading to both of them butting heads with each other and in the ultimate death of Antigone. During the play, the reader can rightfully assume that Creon is the tragic hero because he definitely has the most character growth throughout the play, although; it is very difficult to notice because of his pride and his tragic flaws. Antigone isn’t the tragic hero because she remains stubborn and arrogant through the whole play leading to her death. The purpose of this play is to appreciate Creon is the tragic hero in Antigone because he realizes his mistakes towards the ending through the utilization of tone, irony, and elements of tragedy which expose his stubborn unwillingness to change the mindset. Sophocles convinces the reader that Creon is the tragic hero through the use of tone to demonstrate to the reader that Creon was very blinded by his own…show more content…
Creon’s lack of understanding and stubbornness led him to experience suffering over the loss of his family proving to the reader how important it is to view your thoughts and beliefs from a perspective other than your own. The lesson Creon gives to the reader is to not make rash decisions because, in the end, the consequences may come as an unexpected

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