The True Tragic Hero of Antigone

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Has your pride ever stopped you from doing something? In Sophicles play Antigone. The king Creon indirectly kills his whole family by being stubborn and not listening to others opinions. Throughout his journey he displays the characteristics of Aristotle; tragic hero. These include being extraordinary, having good and bad sides, a tragic flaw, becoming aware of his mistakes and failing miserably in the end. Creon evolves a lot in this story and even though it ends tragically, he becomes a better person by the end.
Throughout the story, Creon is depicted as larger than life, an over ruling force. Being the king of Thebes, he
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In addition to ruling with an iron fist, Creon’s other major flaw is having too much Hubris. His pride becomes a problem, when he doesn’t listen to the blind seerer Tieresias, who comes to warn Creon that the gods are unhappy with his choices and if he doesn’t right his wrongs he will have to face grave consequences. “Pay to the dead his due wound not the fallen./ It is the glory to kill and kill again./ My words are for your good and will,/and should be acceptable, being good for you “ (153, Antigone) this shows the gods threats and Tieresias’s clear warning. Creon ignores the warning and tries to make it sound like Tieresias is trying to trick him. “I say prophets seek their own advantage” (154, Antigone) In this line it is made obvious that instead of being open minded and trying to listen, Creon instead tries to blame his wrong doings on others.
Towards the end of the book Creon finally becomes aware of his actions and realizes what he did wrong. He then becomes desperate and will do anything to make up for his actions so he doesn’t have to face the consequences, which include the fate of his family.“What must I do? Tell me, and I will do it.” (155, Antigone) This exhibits Creon’s softer side and shows he does feel bad and want to right his wrongs. He desperately tries to bury Polynices and free Antigone, but it too late. The real blow hits when Creon discovers that his son killed himself “when Creone saw them into the cove he went moaning piteously./ oh my
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