Creon as a Tragic Hero A tragic hero is a character whose actions result in personal downfall. This demise could be seen in isolation, unhappiness, and many times death. In the Greek tragedy Antigone by Sophocles, two main characters, Creon and Antigone, can be seen as tragic heroes. Each character’s demise is a consequence of Creon’s orders to prohibit the proper burial of Antigone’s brother, Polynices, as he was considered a traitor to the kingdom of Thebes.
To be a tragic hero you must meet all 4 of the following qualities: Royalty, tragic flaw,tragic flaw downfall and a catharsis. Creon is the main character of the play “Antigone”. Creon was a tragic hero because he was born into royalty. Creon also has a tragic flaw that causes a major downfall. He has a catharsis which means Creon realizes too late what damage he has done.
In Sophocles’ play Antigone and Niki Caros’ movie The Whale Rider, both Koro and Creon are considered the tragic hero because they were born at noble birth and have a fatal flaw, they undergo a reversal of fortune plus they have a tragic downfall, and they recognize their mistakes. To begin with, both characters Creon and Koro are considered to be born at noble birth meaning to occupy a high status. Creon is the king of Thebes, which authorizes him to be at high status. Everyone listens and obeys him because his people know that he will do what is best for them to live a peaceful life.
A tragic character is one whose errors and misfortunes lead to one’s own downfall. In Sophocles’ Antigone, Creon and Antigone are two characters whose adherence to their principles causes extreme conflict. Antigone believes in what is morally just, while Creon believes in what is civilly just. They both are passionate about fighting to prove that their principles are justifiable. Antigone and Creon, both expressing loyalty and pride toward opposing forces, are unable to come to a consensus, which ultimately leads to the destruction of both characters.
In the time of the ancient Greeks there were Greek tragedies, which was the most popularly drama performed in theaters across Greece. Every Greek tragedy requires a “Tragic Hero.” For example, in Sophocles’ Greek tragedy “Antigone” the protagonist Antigone is seen as the tragic hero because of the traits she has shown through hubris, hamartia, and her unfortunate nemesis. As you can see, this hero is called a tragic hero because of the flaws that they portray. These flaws are usually the cause of the hero’s downfall.
What is a tragic hero? A tragic hero is a character who makes a judgment error that leads to their downfall. In reading Antigone, There has been a realization where Antigone had a few tragic flaws. Her loyalty to the gods, her disloyalty to King Creon, and her stubbornness are three good flaws that can make a tragic hero. Meaning that in Antigone, The tragic hero is Antigone.
In the play Antigone, there is some disagreement on who the tragic hero is. While some claim it to be Antigone, she is merely the title. The real answer is Creon, whose storyline almost perfectly emulates the definition of a tragedy. While he begins high and mighty, ruler of Thebes, his own personality and mistakes bring his downfall. Antigone continues irritating Creon, eventually leading to her death.
The play Antigone by Sophocles, translated by Paul Roche, was first performed in 441 BC focuses on the life of Antigone who is the daughter to the ex-rulers of Thebes. She has 1 other sister who is not supportive since she is manipulated by her uncle Creon who now rules after her 2 brothers killed each other in a fight for the throne. Creon and Antigone are the protagonist and antagonist who don’t seem to get along very well despite being related. Creon believes one thing and is very firm on his beliefs, while Antigone’s thoughts contradict to what Creon’s beliefs are, leading to both of them butting heads with each other and in the ultimate death of Antigone. During the play, the reader can rightfully assume that Creon is the tragic hero because he definitely has the most character growth throughout the play, although; it is very difficult to notice because of his pride and his tragic flaws.
The Tragedy of Creon “Yes. Zeus did not announce those laws to me. And justice living with the gods below sent no such laws from man. ”(509-510) This quote is from Antigone and she is saying she hasn’t broken any law because the gods didn’t create this law.