Master of land and seaways, the gods of old, son of Laertes; all these names reflect the great and mighty hero, Odysseus. So, what makes Odysseus the perfect epitome of an epic Greek hero? His intelligence helps greatly, but with every great hero, there's a weakness, a flaw. Odysseus' flaw happens to be his intemperate pride, which takes him the long way home. Despite his inordinate pride, he has a caring heart for all his men, and the power of knowledge to get him home.
Antigone is one of the greatest tragedies ever written by Sophocles. There is a controversial question about this play: Who is the tragic hero? Could it be Antigone or Creon? Even though the play’s name is Antigone, but as I read the story. A sensible and responsible king, Creon, is a tragic hero because of his power madness, self-righteousness, and ruthlessness.
What is a tragic hero? A tragic hero most times affect the nature of the individual or character. Tragic heroes are always known to countenance their downfalls with dignity. According to Aristotle once said, “The tragic hero is a man of noble stature. He is not an ordinary man, but a man with outstanding quality and greatness about him.
The tragic hero is a literary device used to show the flaws of human nature; however this model can also pertain to real-life individuals in our society. For example, a Shakespearean tragic hero in real-life would be Robin Williams, a famous comedian who was adored by all. Essentially, nobility is distinguished by being upper class and having elevated character. In Robin Williams’ case he satisfies both specifications; as a child Williams grew up in a rich family and he obtained respect and notoriety by making others joyful . Additionally, Williams hamartia, or his fatal error that ultimately brings about his doom, lies in the depression that he struggles with his entire life.
A tragic hero is a great or virtuous character in a dramatic tragedy who is destined for suffering and defeat. In the story of Antigone there are two possible tragic hero's; Antigone and Creon. Antigone is a tragic hero because she holds a high status, has a tragic flaw, and her punishment exceeds her crime. Antigone’s father/brother was king, therefore she was a princess of Thebes. Everyone in the city knew who Antigone was.
All of these qualities are important because, according to Aristotle, they are what makes a tragic hero. Although some may argue otherwise, Creon is the best fitting tragic hero of the story Antigone. In Greek tragedy, a character usually possesses a hamartia, or tragic flaw, this flaw evokes emotions such as pity and fear into the audience. Creon’s hamartia is arrogance, throughout the story is uses his power to make him seem above others. When Teiresias comes to warn Creon of the gods wrath, they get into an argument with Creon saying “Dost know at whom thou glancest, me thy lord?”(54).
What is a tragic hero? The best definition of a tragic hero comes from a Greek philosopher, Aristotle. When depicting a tragic hero, Aristotle stated, “The change in the hero’s fortune be not from misery to happiness, but on the contrary, from happiness to misery, and the cause of it must not lie in depravity, but in some great error on his part.” In addition, Aristotle explained the qualities that a tragic hero should possess. Qualities that are best shown through the play The Crucible by Arther Miller, where the protagonist is an excellent example of a tragic hero. John Proctor has all the elements of the character archetype.
According to Princeton University’s WordNet.web, a hero is someone of exceptional courage and strength. In the words of the great playwright Aristotle, “A man doesn’t become a hero until he can see the root of his own downfall.” In most cases, tragic heroes have a high class in their society, but their character flaw causes their downfall in society. In the play Antigone, Creon exemplifies the traits of a tragic hero because his excessive pride led to his downfall; the chain of events that happened to Creon also caused the audience to feel deep pity for Creon. In terms of literature, a flaw is the specific character trait ¬that brings the downfall of the character. Creon’s tragic flaws are stubbornness, arrogance, and pride.
These abilities are important as a warrior because both his men and the hero reflect and are influenced by them. Some of the abilities are excellence in war, courage, leadership and fighting qualities. These qualities are seen through the heroic characters Hector and Achilles. When Achilles is not present with his men, the Greeks are well defeated by the Trojans with no motivation or support. Achilles is also described by his men as a power figure when the poem says “These were his words,/ and all Achaeans gave a roar of joy/ to hear the Prince abjure his rage.” (R 23-35).
Jaanvi Shah Mr. Eyre English 9 March, 2015 Literary Analysis of Antigone John Foster says, “pride comes before fall.” As the action of the Sophocles 's Antigone unfolds, it is clear that the protagonist Creon has all the six characteristics of a tragic hero. Teiresias interactions with Creon help to demonstrate three of those typical traits: Creon’s noble stature, his tragic flaw of having pride and arrogance, and his free choice that makes his downfall his own fault. Creon, the King of Thebes, accords with Aristotle’s theory of a tragic hero beginning as powerful distinguished and important person. Creon’s noble stature sanctions him to make his laws, and he is called “Nobles of Thebes,” (1135. P59) by Teiresias, who also mentions that “ you’ve been a good captain for the state,” (1143.