All things considered, Antigone is by far the largest contributor to the plot. Her distinct actions cause conflict between herself and Creon leading to Creon’s development as the tragic hero of the story. Many crucial lessons can be taken from their interactions. Rash thinking and anger cause lots of distress and can majorly affect the lives of others. Any action can affect another, so it is crucial to look back
Foils are characters that contrast with one another to highlight particular qualities of those specific characters. Tiresias, the blind prophet of Thebes, functions as a foil throughout Sophocles’s Antigone, by telling Creon he is doomed and will not be able to escape fate. In the Oedipus the King along with Antigone , Tiresias reveals unwanted truths about Creon and Oedipus. Although he is the blind prophet, his ability to “see” beyond the present, Tiresias first accuses Oedipus of killing his father in Oedipus Rex and proceeds to tell Creon in Antigone that his laws will cause more harm to his land and death to his family. However, instead of learning from Oedipus’s mistakes, Creon rejects
In the short story titled “Antigone,” the author portrays Creon as a tragic hero by displaying flaws in Creon's character shown throughout the story. Creon’s character contains many flaws which lead to many problems. His decisions end up deciding the fates of his son, his wife, and Antigone. Creon finally realizes that what he has done is sinful to the gods. He has put his own pride over the appreciation of the gods.
It is often said that pride comes before a down fall, but pride must first trip over the truth The downfall of Oedipus is due to flaws in his character. Throughout the play “Oedipus the King” by Sophocles, Oedipus’s character has led him to make judgements that were not in his best interest. These flaws are pride, leading to overconfidence and having poor judgement. Oedipus character also show determination which throughout the play also became a flaw as well. The character of Oedipus is ruled by fate. The tragic hero is unable to escape his fate that was spoken over his life to happen. Even though Oedipus has chosen his own actions, the consequences he is sure to face have become undeniable and cannot be changed. Due to the flaws in his character, the king will fall from the good graces of those who once believed in him.
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
Antigone and Oedipus are described by the Choragus as “both headstrong, deaf to reason,” comparing Antigone and Oedipus who are both full of conceit (Sophocles 16). Oedipus’ hubris leads him to gouge his eyes out and lose everything close to him and, throughout the tragedy, Antigone and Oedipus are compared by the chorus, conveying their eventual downfall and corresponding pride. In addition to Oedipus and Antigone, the Choragus also conveys Creon’s hubris, stating “what he says is sensible,” urging Creon to listen to Haimon (Sophocles 26). Creon, full of pride, refuses to listen to Haimon’s reasoning and challenges the chorus, exclaiming, “And the City proposes to teach me how to rule” (Sophocles 27). As shown through the chorus, Creon, Oedipus, and Antigone all have innate pride that is revealed through their destructive actions, leading to their
Creon is an example of a tragic hero. He is one of the major characters in Sophocles’ trilogy that consisted of ‘Oedipus the king’, ‘Oedipus at Colonus’ and ‘Antigone’. Over the course of this saga, we see Creon’s character develop with noticeable flaws. In the first story, ‘Oedipus the king’, Creon is portrayed as a cool and rational advisor to Oedipus who tried to prevent him from taking rash decisions such as banishing himself. Creon ultimately fails, and his hamartia is revealed in the subsequent story ‘Oedipus at Colonus’. Creon’s hamartia was that he had a strong belief that his reasoning and decisions were
"It is never reason never to yield to reason"-Sophocles, Antigone. Creon is Antigone's tragic hero as well as the antagonist. Like many other tragic heroes, Creon's tragic flaw that causes his destruction is hubris, excessive pride in oneself. At the end, Creon faced the loss of both his wife and son, and he suffered from pain and regret. Although he thought he is making the right decisions, King Creon misused his power and caused the termination of others' life. Creon portrayed his hamartia in many of the situations he encountered, and this affected his life greatly. Moreover, Creon's life would have turned upside down if he behaved in a less prideful manner.
A tragic hero is defined as someone of high power or royalty who brings upon his or her own downfall as a result of a flaw found within the character. In Sophocles’s “Antigone” there are possibly two tragic heroes. Both Antigone and Creon have similar traits of a tragic hero. Although the story is named after Antigone, I believe that Creon is the true tragic hero of the story as his ignorance and pride prove to be his tragic flaws.
Creon’s conflict involves two choices that seem equally righteous--that is, between the stability of the state an obedience to divine law. He thinks Polyneices is attacking the state and he wants to defend it by declaring, “He is to have no grave, no burial, [n]o mourning from anyone; it is forbidden.” (165-167) With this edict, he is opposing the gods’ law. Creon’s tragic flaw is his hubris, or excessive pride, and he makes three errors in judgement, not allowing the proper burial of Polyneices, sentences Antigone to death, and unwilling to listen to advice. Creon’s actions portrays him as an arrogant and narcissistic tyrant whom caused the downfall of himself and intense suffering from guilt because of his subsequent punishment. Creon is being convicted of the errors in his actions by four different people.
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.
Creon is sometimes seen as the antagonist of Antigone. Because of this image, many people will disagree with Creon’s argument for the public’s welfare. Albeit, Creon might seem crazy for asserting his position in a harsh way, how else is the public supposed to listen to his plan regarding Eteocles and Polyneices: “Eteocles, who died as a man should die, / fighting for his country, is to be buried with full military / honors, with all the ceremony that is usual when the greatest heroes die” (1.1.36-39) “…his brother Polyneices, who broke his exile to come back with fire and sword against his native city… Polyneices… is to have no burial: no man is to / touch him or say… prayer for him; he shall lie / on the plain, unburied; and the birds and
To begin with, in the beginning of the second episode, Sophocles establishes a conflict between Creon and Oedipus. When Oedipus sees Creon at his palace, he scolds, “You-here? You have the gall / to show your face before the palace gates? / You, plotting to kill me, kill the king- / I see it all, the marauding thief himself / scheming to steal my crown and power!” (Sophocles 594-598). Oedipus is convinced that Creon hired Tiresias to reveal false statements, so Creon could take over and become king. However, this is a false accusation, for what Tiresias proclaimed was true, and Oedipus did kill the previous king, his father, and marry his mother. Nevertheless, Oedipus does not change his judgement. When speaking to the Chorus on this matter, Oedipus reviles Creon, “He, wherever he goes, my hate goes with him” (Sophocles 745).
His choice to kill Antigone creates a problem with his son, Haemon, who disagrees with the course that his father is leading into being the murder of his fianće. Haemon expresses his anger when the character reveals "She'll not die with me just standing there. And as for you- your eyes will never see my face again" (Sophocles scene 3: 871-873). When the character Creon is being unreasonable, he losses the relationship he shares with his son. For instance when Creon witnesses his son "While still conscious he embraced the girl in his weak arms, and, as he breathed his last, he coughed up streams of blood on her fair cheek. Now he lies there, corpse on corpse, his marriage has been fulfilled in chambers of the dead" (Sophocles exodos: 1378-1382). With Creon's determination to hold control over other people, the more suffering and damage he will cause not only for his people, as well as
Oedipus who tries to make Creon looks like an evil person explains to Jocasta, his wife that he caught Creon in the act of wanting to stab him, which was not the case. “Precisely, I caught him in the act, Jocasta, plotting, about to stab me in the back” (Qtd in Barnet, Burto, & Cain, p. 1117). Oedipus who was challenging and discourteous most of the time violent temper plays a significant role in his downfall makes him a tragic flaw.