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Role Of Creon In Antigone

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There's a common saying of, “what goes up must come down”. Likewise, in many of Aristotle's most successful tragedies, a key character is often put into place with a fatal flaw that completely turns his or her world upside down; furthermore, the story of Antigone is no exception. Although many characters seem to show some of the characteristics of a tragic hero, Creon is most notably the tragic hero of this story due to his high role in the Theban society, his fatal flaw or hamartia of hubris, as well as the anagnorisis and catastrophe he faces.
One of the many reasons Creon is the tragic hero in Antigone comes from his role of high nobility in the city of Thebes. As mentioned in his decree, Creon is the next in line to take the throne of
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In his decree, Creon summarizes his ruling by declaring, “No one values friendship more highly than I;/ but we must remember that friends made at the risk of wrecking our/ Ship are not real friends at all.” (Scene 1, 158-160). Although Creon is firm in his beliefs, prioritizing the state before his family becomes a ruling that he is proud of but soon begins to regret. By sticking to his strict laws, Creon becomes blinded to the value and meaning behind his close relationships; he even goes as far as banishing his niece, Antigone, to a vault for burying her brother who Creon vowed to not allow a proper burial. As a result of his pride, Creon is the tragic hero of Antigone as he makes the fatal flaw of adamantly choosing to stay by his words. Also, after Creon comes to the realization that locking up Antigone is wrong, he still holds onto a false hope that he can change his fate in saying, “It is hard to deny the heart! But I/ Will do it: I will not fight with destiny.” (Scene 5, 872-873). Creon believes that he has the ability to alter his future, but does not actually have the power to do this. By attempting to change his destiny, Creon thinks he can defy the gods; however, his desire to take matters into his own hands further emphasizes that pride is Creon's fatal flaw. For his hamartia of hubris, Creon undeniably suits the role as a tragic…show more content…
Creon first becomes aware of his error for not following god’s law when he realizes that he has been foolish when he states, “My mind misgives––/ The laws of the gods are mighty, and a man must serve them/ To the last day of his life!” (Scene 5, 878-880). Although Creon locks away Antigone, he comes to his senses after Teiresias, the blind prophet, convinces Creon that he has committed unacceptable acts in the eyes of the gods. Creon's recognition of his unjust actions stresses his role as the tragic hero of Antigone. Moreover, when Creon attempts free Antigone, he still ends up in a catastrophe to which Creon cries, “I have killed my son and my wife./ I look for comfort; my comfort lies here dead./ Whatever my hands have touched has come to nothing./ Fate has brought all my pride to a thought of dust.” (Exodos, 1035-1038). Although Creon tries to change his destiny by releasing Antigone, he is too late. The gods do not tolerate pride; therefore, Creon is punished with the suicide of his son, Haemon, and wife, Eurydice. Creon is faced with a sudden disaster that turns his world around for the worse and makes him a tragic
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