Antigone - Greek Tragedy

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The play, Antigone, by Sophocles, is full of unexpected twists and family tensions. Antigone is a Greek tragedy because it fits Aristotle's definition of an ideal tragedy. One of Aristotle's five points is, to be a tragedy, there must be a tragic hero. Creon, a character in Antigone, best fits the definition of a tragic hero. Creon is an Aristotelean tragic hero because of what others say, Creon says, and Creon's actions.

Creon fits the first point of Aristotle's five points of tragedy which states that they must, be of high status in the community, act consistent, and experiences a marked change from good to bad. Creon is the king of Thebes, Choragus, the Chorus leader, introduces him as the king in the beginning of the play (1026, l.1-2). In addition, Creon acts consistent throughout the whole play. He's harsh to his family members, and his advisors. Creon is harsh to his nephew, Polynieces, when he stated his law that Polynieces cannot be buried, or the person who does will be put to death (1027, l.39-42). He also threatened to put his niece Antigone to death because she was caught trying to bury Polynieces body. He put her in a secluded tomb to die(1045, l.142-143). Creon was harsh to the messenger who told Creon that someone buried Polynieces body. Creon yelled at him because he did not know who had done it. He was also harsh to Choragus when he mentioned that maybe the gods could have buried Polynieces body. Creon got extremely upset and thought he knew what the god's thought. Creon was even harsh to his son Haemon. Haemon came to talk to his father about Antigone because he was arranged to marry her. Creon became very offensive because he thought Haemon was not being loyal to him. Further, Creon experiences a marked change in the plot. Teiresias, a blind prophet, tells Creon his fate, and that the gods are punishing Thebes because Polynieces' body is not buried. Creon tries to undo his fate, but it back fires at him.

Creon trying

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