Character Analysis Of Creon In Antigone By Sophocles

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In the play Antigone, Creon’s admirable personality, noble stature, and tragic flaw makes him one of the main tragic characters in this particular play. In the beginning, Sophocles reveals Creon as only a leader. He has legitimate reasons for all of his punishments. Creon’s hubris by the end of the play has completely taken over him, in conclusion, this leads him to his death. Once Creon finally realizes the effect his hubris has on his problems, it is far too late. Creon lost his son, wife, his kingdom, and even his will to live. This is the journey of a tragic character. Creon insists that "Polyneices...is to have no burial: no man is to touch him or say the least prayer for him; he shall lie on the plain, unburied"( Scene 1. Line 29.). Considering Creon is extremely stubborn, his ego keeps him from receiving any advice that anyone tries to tell him. "My voice is the one voice giving orders in this city", says Creon. He is too prideful to listen to anyone because he believes it’ll destroy his pride. Prophet Teiresias has an intimate discussion with him and he warns Creon "a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong. The only crime is pride"( Scene 5. Line 35). In the exodus, line 138, Creon states, "Fate has brought all my pride to a thought of dust." This shows that in the end, Creon realizes that his pride helped bring about the chain of events that led to his fall. In line 142 of the exodus, the Choragos says, "Proud men in old age learn to be wise." Lines
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