Not burying Antigone’s brother, Polyneices, was Creon’s act of injustice (hamartia), which categorizes Creon as a tragic hero with a tragic flaw. Ismene, Antigone’s sister, warns Antigone not to bury Polyneices with “Think how much more terrible than these/ Our own death would be if we should go against Creon” (Prologue.44-45). In saying this, Ismene is telling Antigone that their brothers’ deaths were terrible, but she would have one similar to their by going against Creon. This shows just how tortuous Creon has been as a leader that his pride causes him to think that only he is right, which causes him to inflict harsh punishments. Additionally, when Antigone does bury Polyneices for the first time, Sentry tells him what happened.
Hubris was King Creon’s downfall for himself and his family because he was unable to see his responsibility towards his family. Antigone, King Creon’s niece and king of Thebes, was sent to death for giving her brother an honest burial against King Creon’s wishes. Haemon disagreed with this ruling, and King Creon was set on teaching Haemon, King Creon’s son as well as Antigone’s fiance, a lesson about obedience. Creon stated that “He whom the State appoints must be obeyed / To the smallest matter, be it right - or wrong.” King Creon is saying that everyone must listen to the king, no matter what. He is ignoring his duty to his family by both not allowing a burial for his nephew as well as sending one of his own family to die, letting his pride excessive pride in himself show.
Antigone described Creon’s attitude towards ruling pretty accurately. Creon sometimes makes bad decisions but since he can do whatever he pleases everyone has to endure the consequences of that decision. When things do not play out perfectly to the way Creon ordered he gets extremely frustrated because he can’t control everything. That is the root of most of his
Also, his loyalty to Oedipus is evident when it is realized that it is him who had killed the king. It is disgracing that Oedipus had married his mother. However, Creon does not go mocking or publicizing the information about the king. Although Oedipus pleads that he be banished from Thebes, Creon treats him in a reasonable manner. It is revealed that Creon accused Oedipus of minor terrible things rather than accuse him of being immoral
Antigone also chose her own fate by hanging herself in the tomb. Showing that the characters are defying the gods, and choosing their own fates. Creon goes against the god's rules by not allowing Polyneices to be buried. According to the god’s if one is not buried their soul is left to wander the earth. Creon goes against the rule of the god’s and makes his own choices in doing so.
The play Antigone features a deep struggle of power for King Creon. Creon faced several insecurities, during his rule, as king of Thebes. These insecurities, which stemmed from an internal power struggle, went on to, not only affect his rule as king, but his personal relationships, and emotions as well. Other reasons for his actions stem from family matters that have hindered Creon's ability to successfully control and rule by himself. Several motivating factors can be attributed to why Creon struggled with asserting his will during his reign.
Creon is the tragic hero of “Antigone” because his hubris muddles his judgment and makes him cause his own undoing. Creon has many admirable qualities but within them a tragic flaw that causes great misfortune. Creon as a newly instated king of Thebes, makes a decree that Eteocles will
Creon than sentences Ismene to death. Than had Antigone sentenced to the vault until she dies. Haemon her soon to be husband defends Antigone, but Creon ignores him. Teiresias an oracle or fortune teller warns Creon that he will be punished by the gods for his actions. Creon then went to releases Antigone with Haemon to rescue her but she hung herself.
The only person who truly loved and cared for him was sent to her death and Creon lost his mind. Eurydice was outspoken because during the time period women had no say so. Eurydice could not show Hamion the amount of attention and love that Antigone did and the fact that she was going to die was going to kill Haimon emotionally therefore he did it himself in a physical sense. I believe that Haimon did not try to kill Creon but he did foreshadow his father being murdered. He meant it in a sense that if Creon kept acting immorally the town`s people were going to come after him and attack him.