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Tragic Heroism Of Creon Essay

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Aristotle once said that a Greek Tragedy must include an important person that has a flaw. By this flaw, the audience should feel pity and fear. Creon, a character in the Greek tragedy “Antigone”, resembles a perfect example of a tragic hero. This play was written by Sophocles, a historic playwright during the 5th century. It begins with the illegal burial of Polyneices, Antigone’s beloved brother. Creon, the King of Thebes, is coerced to condemn his niece Antigone to death. Being loyal to his city, Creon follows through with his punishment of Antigone. By doing so, his character is changed forever. Creon has the qualities of a tragic hero: he is a good person with superior status, he has a ...view middle of the document...

This shows that Creon has the power to condemn the people of his city to death and with his power he decides the fate of Antigone. By having goodness and superiority Creon changes the lives of many characters, both good and bad.
A tragic flaw is one of the most important qualities of a tragic hero. The change in most of the characters was a result of Creon’s tragic flaws. Creon may think he is infallible, but really he has many flaws that lead to his downfall. The first is anger, which causes Creon to make poor choices. After a heated debate with his son Haemon, Creon becomes angry and says, “ I’ll take her to a deserted spot / And bury her alive in a trench” (Sophocles 20). Through Creon’s anger he influences Antigone’s death and by doing so, she commits suicide. Aside from having anger, Creon is also a stubborn person. By his stubbornness he does not want to be proven wrong so he says, “ You’ll never persuade me to bury that corpse” (Sophocles 24). He shows his stubbornness by saying that he will never change his mind about Antigone. When Teiresias, the fortuneteller, hears this he explains to Creon that if he does not change his mind he will cause another death. After hearing this Creon must bury the body of Polyneices and free Antigone, because fate never lies. Little does he know that he is too late and the prophecy comes true. The last tragic flaw of Creon is that he is filled with temerity. Creon is quick and hasty on his decisions. After Antigone confesses to Creon that she indeed buried her brother’s body, Creon says, “ All right then, die, and love them both in hell” (Sophocles 14). By making this decision without hesitation he shows that his tragic flaw of cursory catches up with him in the end. These tragic flaws cause Creon to realize the wrong he has done and they lead to his downfall.
The final piece to a tragic hero is a tragic realization. A tragic realization is when the character realizes that what they have done was a mistake and contributes to their own downfall. Creon’s first realization is that he did indeed make the mistake of condemning Antigone to death. As stated before, the fortuneteller came to Creon...

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