Creon & Macbeth as Tragic Heroes
Both Creon and Macbeth struggle with the decisions they make, pertaining to their new fond power, because they are over taken by their power, by make wrong choices that make their characters change. In a self-fulfilling prophecy, Macbeth, dishonorably takes the crown. Looking out for himself, he is despised by everyone for what he had done and is forced to spend his short reign in paranoia. Creon on the other hand, experiences a contrary reign as king. He falls into power due to a chain of events that aren’t caused by him, but by the disgusting crime Oedipus has committed. While Creon is looking out for his people he attempts to regain the natural order, but to only realize he has abused his power. Creon and Macbeth’s character flaws and actions, when faced with their fates, contrast the two tragic heroes. Macbeth’s character flaw is his inability to resist temptation and outside influences. After becoming Thane of Cawdor, Macbeth begins to consider the prophecy the three witches have envisioned him to. Out of human nature, Macbeth is tempted by the idea of being king; he starts to think satanic thoughts. He says to himself, “...My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical, shakes so my single state of man that function is smothered in surmise and nothing is but what is not.” (38; 1:3:139) In the plot to kill Duncan, in which, he still isn’t convinced to do it, that is until Lady Macbeth’s ambition and manipulation gets to him. Lady Macbeth pressures him into killing Duncan by interrogating his manhood until he feels he must prove her wrong by committing murder. She creates a plan for Macbeth to kill the king because Macbeth isn’t capable of doing such thing. If Macbeth wasn’t easily influenced or pressured by Lady Macbeth, he would have been able to control his temptation of power to become king. Variant than Macbeth, Creon’s character flaw is being hubris, having arrogant pride. Throughout the story of Antigone, he spills...
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