Creon as Tragic Hero

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In the Greek play Antigone, Creon and Antigone can both be claimed the title of Tragic Hero. Creon was made king when Oedipus Rex fled the kingship. Creon is the brother in law of Oedipus, and was giving the kingship only because Oedipus’s sons, Eteocles and Polyneices were killed trying to fight for the thrown. Antigone is Oedipus’s daughter and Creon’s niece. When it comes down to who the tragic hero is, Creon most definitely walks away with the title.

A tragic hero by definition is ordinary person neither good nor bad, is in a better social standing, falls to misfortune, and contains a tragic flaw. This person goes through a series of reversals all the way up till they make an error in judgment. After their
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When talking to his servants, “… Now then,/ since the two sons are dead – two blows of fate/ in the same day, cut down by each others hands,/ both killers, both brothers stained with blood -/ as I am next to kin to the dead,/ I now possess the throne and all its powers.” (Sophocles 188-93) Here you can see that Creon is prideful on getting the new throne. This new throne makes Creon instantly a very greedy and ungenerous person, his character fits a part of the perfect definition of a tragic hero.

The series of reversals that lead up to Creon’s error in judgment is when Creon : One, let pride rule him and not himself. Two, when Creon just blew past the sentry when the century was trying to warm Creon. Three, when Creon was confronted by Antigone and Antigone told Creon to kill her because her death will be greatly appreciated by the gods. Four, when he totally ignored Tiresias the blind prophet. Five, his final realization of the fact that he lets his pride rule and what has just happened to his kingdom. Creon wanted to be a strong ruler so everyone can start taking him serious. Thus this sense of Hubris came out of him. According to Aristotle’s elements of tragedy hubris is the use of too much power or too much pride. Creon blew past the sentries warning when the sentry days, “ Oh it’s terrible when the one who does the judging/ judges things all wrong.” (Sophocles 367) Right here you can see that the sentry is
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