Sophocles ' The Classic Greek Tragedy

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In the classic Greek tragedy, Antigone, by Sophocles, Creon portrays the characteristics of a tragic protagonist. As a tragic protagonist, Creon is faced with a very difficult dilemma. He has to choose either to abide by his law and punish Antigone, or to abide by the laws of the gods and forgive Antigone and let her bury Polynices. His councilors did everything in their power to advice him. However, when he realized the outcome of his decisions, it was too late. Creon’s choices brought him from a respected king, to a fool who lost everything he loved because of Hubris, or in other words his arrogance. Creon had to make a decision after Antigone was caught red-handed. He had to choose either the between his laws of not burying Polynices, or the laws of the gods of giving him a proper burial. He chose to have Antigone taken away for disobeying his laws, and have the body of Polynices uncovered, naked for the creatures to feast on. The reason he chose to do this was because if he would have let Antigone tell him what to do, he would have looked like a fool taking commands as king of Thebes from someone who isn’t him. Creon’s decision process on what he chose was a perfect example of Hamartia, or “an ‘error of judgment’ or the tragic flaw of a tragic protagonist” (class handout np). CREON: The people of Thebes! Since when do I take my orders from the people of Thebes?
HAEMON: Isn’t that rather a childish thing to say? CREON: No. I am king, and responsible only to…
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