Creon, with his hubris, does not listen to the words of his son, Haemon. When he reluctantly calls for the release of Antigone from her imprisonment, he is too late. She has died and Haemon kills himself after failing to kill his father. “Nothing you say can touch me any more. My own blind heart has brought me.
In the play Antigone, written by Sophocles, Creon is the king of Thebes. He is highly regarded and looked up to. He is a fair ruler and he does well to capture his peoples trust. However, Creon’s excessive pride leads to his downfall. He does not realize what his fate is because he is too busy trying to get revenge on Polynices.
Without Creon, there would be no dilemma or conflict in the play. He is also the tragic hero of the play because he is the character that unintentionally leads his wife, son, and niece to their deaths. That is why the play is mostly about Creon even though the title of the play is Antigone’s name. Creon’s impact on the play is much more crucial than Antigone’s. Creon is in almost every scene of the play.
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’s weakness is shown when he is fearful of being undermined by Antigone because she is a women. The error in judgement that comes upon Creon is that Creon thinks thathis actions will not have consequences. The fact that Creon did not bury Polynices is a fault in him as the repercussion of not burying him resulted in the death and rebuttal of Antigone, Haemon, and Creon’s own wife. In Conclusion, Creon is the tragic hero of the story because through some weakness of character or error in judgment, brings doom upon himself he discovers the truth of his wrong choice and accept responsibility for his actions, he is a more admirable man in defeat than he was before and he gains stature through the way he meets catastrophe. Creon is the tragic
By dying with her brother, Antigone feels like she would be more content than living on her own knowing that her brother is not being respected in his death. Similarly in Anouilh’s version of the play, Creon shows that his actions and his decisions are motivated by family loyalty as well. Creon attempts to save Antigone’s life from his own capital punishment since she is family to him. During Antigone’s imprisonment, Creon speaks with her,
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. Creon saw no wrong in his actions of killing Antigone, ignore the blind prophet or not burying a restless soul but the town`s people noticed how atrocious that the new King was acting. Haimon predicted that soon they would get fed up and come after him for his death. Hamion is a major character in the play Antigone and helps outline the details of the citizens and even Creon. Hamion acted as Romeo from the common play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare.
Antigone broke Creon’s law by burying her brother and in the act of doing so, she was caught. Creon locks her away in a jail cell and she kills herself. Haemon; Antigone’s husband; and the chorus bed Creon to free her but he does not want to. He finally gives in but
Antigone strongly disagreed with Creon and his ways of thinking. She thought that all of his power and fame were going to his head. She thought that her brother was a hero for going and dying on the battlefield and that he should have a proper burial. She believed that he should be traditionally buried and not looked down soon like a villain of some sorts. Through the play of Antigone she shows her point of view by being very respectful but well worded at the same time.
However, the tragic hero of Antigone is a bit debatable. Some believe that Creon is, and some argue that Antigone is. But, which one is really the tragic hero of Antigone? To look at it differently, Creon has frequently changed as a character throughout The Oedipus Cycle. Creon is Oedipus’s brother in-law and stays close to him during Oedipus