Ahmed Ezzo Abdulghani
October 10, 2014
To Tragedy or not to Tragedy?
In the play, Antigone by Sophocles, one of the main characters, Creon, is the tragic hero of the play. A tragic hero is a great or virtuous character in a dramatic tragedy who is destined for downfall, suffering, or defeat. There are qualities a character must embody as a tragic hero. Creon demonstrates multiple examples of them, in his decision to punish anyone who performs a proper burial to Polyneices, he thinks of himself as holy, being at the level of the Gods by placing restrictions on things religion does not permit. One of the main attributes that Creon lacks is selflessness, he is blinded by his self-pride which makes him appear to himself as holy, this is a tragic flaw which he possesses. Another reason why he is portrayed as a tragic hero is because he is doomed to make a serious error in his decisions, when he demands the death of Antigone for disobeying his rule. Finally, he realizes his mistake and is exposed to the real truth of his actions. A tragic hero is supposed to possess a character flaw, in this case Creon retains acts of stubbornness, and willful arrogance. Creon is unaware of his stubbornness in the onset of the play, however as he makes his negligent decisions he is then reminded of his flaws. He finally realizes his lack of reason when he says, “Since when do I take my orders from the people of Thebes?” (Sophocles 146). Creon is expressing his flaw, and is stubborn to even consider the thoughts of his people. As a ruler he is blinded also by his self-pride because he uses absolute power to enforce his opinion to be the only correct one. Also another example that proves his flaw is when Tiresias comes to give counsel, when he blames Creon for all the catastrophic events. Creon is shocked, in return he accuses him of bribery and falsehood, when Tiresias has never been proven wrong. Even after this warning, Creon ignores it, and resumes his...
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