Antigone’s tragedy was her staying true to her beliefs with the gods and staying loyal to her family which ended with her ultimately dying in the story as a hero in which I believe is not as tragic as Creon’s tragedy. His tragedy was way more painful than Antigone. Creon on the other hand caused many things that in our minds that we would consider way more sympathetic. To start off, Creon has lost way more than what Antigone had lost. At the end of the story when his family commits suicide, Creon realizes that he was the reason why this whole mess happened and he was the reason his whole family was gone.
He brings the news to Creon, fearful that he will assume it was him, which evidently shows that the people of Thebes fear him. Therefore, if Creon wasn 't so open with his anger, they might have been more vocal in stating their opinions, whereas Antigone was able to hear others out. All in all, due to his ruthless personality traits, Creon is the tragic hero in the play, not Antigone. If he didn 't express his anger and aggression it could have prevented many deaths. He could have prevented his wife and son 's death if he would have put his pride to the side, and was not so stubborn.
These traits include the hero’s tragic flaw, his position in society and his realization that his virtues had caused his demise. The tragic hero in Antigone is Creon, because he is a mature leader of society whose virtues (or flaws) cause his downfall. Creon is obdurate as he does not heed advice given from anyone during the majority of the play, he then finally follows the counsel that the Chorus Leader gives him near the end of the play. This is apparent during the argument between Haemon and Creon as Haemon tries to persuade him to listen to his subjects and change his opinions on the matter of Polyneices’ burial as well as the incarceration of Antigone. Creon disagrees strongly and becomes inflamed towards Haemon.
However unlike Creon, Antigone never comes to the realization of her hamartia, which leads the her demise. From the beginning of the play, Antigone willingly accepts her fate for upholding her moral beliefs. She believes that the burial of her brother was just throughout the play and paid the ultimate price for her beliefs. This moment of the lack of
How would you feel if you were locked away to rot by one of your own family members because you did something they didn’t approve of? In Sophocles play, Antigone, this is just the case for the niece of Creon, King of Thebes. After getting word that her “own two brothers [...] slaughtered one another and brought about their common doom” (Sophocles 318), Antigone is distraught. What makes her infuriated is when she learns that her uncle, Creon, has decided that one of her brothers, Eteocles, will receive a proper burial and be honored while the other brother, Polyneices, will receive no burial and be remembered as a traitor. Soon after, Antigone takes action and performs a secret burial and ritual on her dead brothers corpse, but she is also
Due to these circumstances Polyneices was banned from being buried and from taking the journey of the afterlife to heaven. As Antigone tries to convince Ismene to help, she exclaims, “Creon is not strong enough to stand in my way.” She feels as though honoring her brother is worth dying for and that Creon can not “stand in her way.” When Creon hears of this startling news, he questions the ability of women to stand up to him in which he states, “Pride? In a slave?” At this point in time women are not seen as equals to men. Women are viewed as lower class, or “slaves”. So when Creon heard of Antigone’s actions, he is in disbelief and thinks her actions should be punished by death.
Antigone defies Creon 's orders and buries her fallen brother in spite of the law forbidding the act. This action seals her fate and causes Antigone to be sentenced to death. Ultimately, what makes Antigone a tragic hero in this play are the traits she possesses which lead to her downfall. It is not necessarily her actions, but her convictions and values which cause her to be such a tragic figure. Antigone’s tragedy comes because of her unswerving loyalty to her brother, Polynices, and her determination to give him burial honors despite the personal danger.
In Sophocles’ play Antigone, Creon, the king of Thebes, best represents a tragic hero. Creon demonstrates goodness in his intentions for Thebes as well as his fragile state due to the fact that he recently lost several family members. Creon, newly named king, finds himself as highest ranking official around, showing superiority. Creon often acts stubborn and prideful, his tragic flaw. And lastly, he must come to terms with the fact that he caused the death of his wife, son, and niece.
Antigone loves the idea of a noble death and it drives her decision-making at the end of her life. Her death had a major impact on the city and her family’s legacy. So, it was justified that she made the decisions she made that lead to her noble death. Antigone’s love for a noble death is shown throughout the book. When Antigone finds out that her brother will not be given a proper burial, she sees it as an opportunity
Using this, she expresses her affection for her family. This was the time Antigone entered into conflict between Creon’s law and the law of gods. Her strong contemplation of her brother’s spirit is also demonstrated; not even receiving a punishment such as an early death would stop her. Antigone says “And if I have to die for this pure crime, / I am content, for I shall rest beside him; / His love will answer mine” This reveals one of Antigone’s tragic flaw, as it conveys her persistence and refusal to obey Creon’s law which tends to put the people around her in danger. Here, she is unsuccessful in considering all the outlooks of this situation.