Creon Tragic Hero Essay

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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 as a result 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). As a king he thinks he should rule everything, he believes that people should obey him along …show more content…

Creon has mentioned “Do you realized you are talking to a king?” (Antigone, page 36). This is when he is talking to Tiresias, a blind prophet. It is simply means that Creon thinks Tiresias should not talk to him like that because he is the ruler of Thebes who has the authority over everyone. For example, Tiresias is there to tell Creon that the god does not agree with what he is doing, instead of accepting his mistake Creon insults Tiresias of telling a lie furthermore, he thinks Tiresias wants profit by doing this. When Creon does not accept his own mistake, it is due to his pride of being a king. He is so passionate with his power moreover, he did not use his great power effectively. When a person has a pride in himself, he will advance himself to be exclusive, and everyone else is not as great as him. Creon’s pride in this tragedy is a tremendous flaw that the reader can easily recognize, Creon is an example of a selfish king who does not care for his people, he also insulted others too. To be in a higher status than other does not mean he need to bring his pride along with him, being a monarch means to guide the people, not to rule them furthermore, his job is to help the people along with the city to becomes better. When his pride took over him, it causes him to not listen to others …show more content…

All of these three reasons are connected to each other, when Creon has too much of self-righteousness along with too much of pride due to his state as a ruler, he does not listen to others. In consequences, the problems occur. So, all the actions that he did comes back to him and strike him strongly. 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 is not to follow. We can learn from Creon that do not make ourselves higher than other and do not be self-centered. Not knowing how to control our pride together with 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 moreover, we will have a delightful

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