Creon : The Tragic Hero In SophoclesAntigone

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In Sophocles’ Antigone, Antigone is traditionally seen as the tragic heroine of the classic play. Antigone loses everything eminent and substantial in her life to a cataclysmic degree and seeks her own death in the end of the story. In Martha Nussbaum’s essay, Nussbaum questions the conventional status of Antigone as the tragic hero and claims the true hero to be Creon, the story’s antagonist. With her persuading inquest to this classic tragedy, Creon is evidently the tragic hero of Sophocles’ Antigone because he experiences great pride in his own downfall from political power due to his inherently good dedication to human law rather than divine law.
Creon is seen as a reputable, strong ruler as Antigone begins. He places his political power above his family consistently to prove to his subjects that he will strive to be a loyal and just ruler of Thebes. Creon is essentially trying to begin his reign by making swift and impartial decisions and putting his position of leadership and pride in the forefront of his mind. From Nussbaum’s untraditional point of view of Creon being the true tragic hero, it is possible to look at the perspective of his pride and ego as the true hamartia of the tragedy. Creon feels as though he is one of the strongest and most dedicated in his community. He is a powerful ruler with an understanding of “politics first, family second” and he feels as though his title as ruler is what will keep his family safe at last. As the story continues and Creon

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