Why Is Creon A Tragic Hero

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Creon: A Tragic Hero?
Is Creon a tragic hero? Creon is a character in “Antigone”, a play written by Sophocles in 441 bc. “Antigone” follows the journey of a young woman as she tries to bury her brother although it is forbidden by her uncle/the king Creon. Creon is an interesting character to do for a Tragic hero because he is not what one would typically think of as a tragic hero.
So what is a tragedy? As stated by Aristotle “A tragedy is the imitation of an action that is serious and also, as having magnitude, complete in itself” However one might wonder what is a tragic hero? “ A tragic hero is a literary character who makes a judgment error that inevitably leads to his/her downfall,” There is no shortage of tragic heroes in Antigone if
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He demonstrates this when he refuses to release Antigone out of pride, As stated by Creon in Antigone “ Do you want me to show myself weak before the people? Or to break my sworn word? No, and I will not,” He decided that he would rather let the city dislike him and not agree with his decisions then have them see himself in a weak way. Another criteria that Creon fits is that the hero must be spiritually or physically wounded by his experiences. Creon is spiritually wounded when not only his son kills himself out of the sadness of Antigone's death but when his wife kills herself after she finds out her son is dead. When Creon finds out about his wife's death he begs to be taken away out of guilt “It is right that it should be. I alone am guilty. I know it, and I say it. Lead me in,Quickly, friends. I have neither life nor substance. Lead me in,” The third criteria that fits Creon is that the hero must be faced with a very serious decision that he has to make. Creon is faced with the decision of taking back what he said and releasing Antigone or sticking to what he said and letting the people hate him. “...It troubles me. Oh it is hard to give in! but it is worse. To risk everything for stubborn pride,” This was stated by Creon when faced with the decision of releasing Antigone or leaving her to die. However he came to the conclusion to let her go through advice from…show more content…
But this is just what makes Creon a better tragic hero because he is a hero who goes against what the gods and the people want in the play. As stated by Bernard MacGregor in The Heroic Temper: Studies in Sophoclean Tragedy, “Sophocles presents us for the first time with what we recognize as a ‘tragic hero’: one who unsupported by the gods and in the face of human opposition, makes a decision which springs from the deepest layer of his individual nature, his physis, and then blindly, ferociously, heroically maintains that decision to the point of self destruction,” He is a hero who one might refer to as a villain this makes analysing his characteristics interesting, he is much more realistic, he posses both good and bad qualities, he isn’t as righteous as much of us would like to imagine ourselves being which is why I believe one would see him as unrelatable and unlikeable however in my opinion this makes him more relatable and
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