The Tragic Hero In Sophocles Antigone And Creon

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W.H. Auden once said, “The truly tragic kind of suffering is the kind produced and defiantly insisted upon by the hero himself so that, instead of making him better, it makes him worse.” This suffering is what makes a tragic hero, along with other criteria. As is common in all tragedies, Antigone by Sophocles contains a very obvious tragic hero. Of the many characters, two stand out with similar flaws, Antigone and Creon. They are both flawed in their excessive pride, or hubris. This flaw is pointed out by many in the play, but only one character fits all the traits of a true tragic hero. Creon has a tragic flaw which leads to his downfall, and he realizes his faults in the end. Although Antigone has a very tragic ending, she does not fit all the traits of a tragic hero. Antigone's tragic flaw made her refuse to stop what she planned to do, even if death was the consequence.…show more content…
This great downfall was caused by her flaw, so she fits these requirements of a tragic hero. A tragic hero must relize their flaw, and in the end there is no significant evidence that shows Antigone realized her flaw. Due to this lack of evidence, she can not be a definite tragic hero. Antigone hanging herself in the cave may or may not have been the turning point when she realizes her flaw, but there is a much clearer example of a tragic hero in Antigone. The character that fits all of the criteria for a tragic hero is the latter, Creon. He has a definite flaw that is pointed out by many: pride. Haimon, his son, states in an argument with Creon that, "It is no reason never to yield to reason!" This points out Creon's stubborn and prideful personality, which is a

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