Antigone: Creon As A Tragic Hero

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“Not so self-centered that you never listen to other people” (Hugh Hefner). In the story of Antigone, Creon shows the characteristics of a tragic hero, as he is the king, he shows his self-confident and he does not recognize his flaws until the end of the story. All of this leads into his downfall in the tragedy and causes him to realize what he had done. Creon is a tragic hero because of his self-righteousness, his excessive pride, and his ignorance of other’s opinion. Creon believes that whatever he says or decide is true, he has so much of self-righteousness. The word that Creon said “Am I to rule by other mind than mine?” (Antigone, page 26). He thinks that he should rule everything because he is a king, he believes that people should…show more content…
“Learning from a wise counselor is not pain if what he speaks are profitable words.” (Antigone, page 35) The verse is mentioned by Tiresias. Tiresias is saying that to learn from him who is a wise man is not a bad thing if the things that he said will help Creon. Creon does not listen to what Tiresias is trying to tell him, until it is too late, the messenger came and told him that Haemon killed himself. At that moment Creon was shocked, not a long time after that, his wife killed herself in the house. Now it is the point that he starts to realize what he has done, but it is too late, he has nothing left. “You wish to speak but never wish to hear” (Antigone, page 27) the line is mentioned by Haemon. This is the line where it directly tells the reader that Creon does not listen. All he did was to give orders, edict the laws but never listen to the complains or the things that he does not wish to hear. He does not try to understand others by their points of view. If he sees himself as Antigone, who has only one sister left because all of them are dead. He will surely feel loyalty to Polynices because Polynices is his brother. We can learn from Creon mistakes by listen more and talk less, when we do not listen to advises, we might miss some important things that should be noted. By listening to advises and try to see the problems in different points of view;…show more content…
All of these three reasons are connected to each other, when Creon has too much of self-righteousness and too much of a pride because he is a king, he does not listen to others and so the problems occur. So, all the things that he did comes back to him and strike him hard. He lost all his love ones, his son killed himself, his wife cursed him of as being the killer of her son before she died. Also, Antigone has to die because of him, his characteristic of a tragic hero in this tragedy in not to follow. We can learn from Creon that do not make ourselves higher than other and be self-centered. Not knowing how to control our pride and judging others will lead to destruction. So always practice the habit to be kind, listen more and accept our mistakes, in this way we will be loved by people and we will have a delightful
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