Essay about Creon the Tragic Hero

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In the play Antigone by Sophocles,one could easily be lead to believe Antigone is the the tragic hero when in fact a strong case can be made that Creon, the king of Thebes, is actually the tragic hero. In believing that Creon is the tragic hero it would seem practical to call the play Creon rather than Antigone. On the other hand, naming the play Antigone gives the play a twist that leads the audience into a dynamically tragic journey through the lives of a prestigious royal family and it gives birth to thoughts of politics, religious beliefs, social roles and moral obligations. A definition of a “tragic hero” is, “a great or virtuous character in a dramatic tragedy who is destined for downfall, suffering,or defeat.“tragic hero”…show more content…
The Burial At Thebes a version of Sophocles' Antigone), Creon's tragic flaw happens when Antigone, his niece, disobeyed his command by sprinkling dust on her brothers body to give him a proper burial. Antigone believed that the laws of the Gods was higher than the king's orders. It is said in The Burial of Polynecies,that“Creon's fatal test comes when Antigone is set before him as the violator of his edict. He must choose between that edict and the life of his niece”(S.M. Adams The Classical Review. Vol. 45, No. 3; pp. 110-111). Creon has three main behaviors that cause him to be the tragic hero. First he favors civic laws over the love of his family. Second, his pride overcomes his rational decision making process because he does not want to be defeated by a women, even his niece. According to Teaching politics using Antigone "creaon has the inability to learn how to gain power. Creon comes to office throuigh the rather dubious claim of being the only male in the family who has not either killed his father and slept with his mother(or been killed by) his brother recently." Creon must earn the respect of the people. He must, in weberian terms, earn the monopoly of legitimate authority over the instruments of the state" (Teaching Politics using Antigone.vol.39, No. 2; pp.347-349). Creon suppresses the people of Thebes by keeping the town people from speaking out on the law of the gods for fear that they may be killed. By banning Polyneices from not havining an

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