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  • Creon - 494 Words
    Throughout history of society, there have been many conflicts involved between the rights of the state and the individuals. These conflicts commonly happened to societies that were ruled by absolute authorities. The outcomes would mostly result in violence, where there were involvements of fatalities. During the fifth century B.C.E., at the time period of the Ancient Greeks, struggles between the rights of the state and individuals were the main issue. They were often depicted through plays at...
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  • Creon - 819 Words
    The Ruling of Man Men have always been looked at as inferior to women no matter what the situation may be. That is how ancient Greece and many other parts of the world operated. Women were never respected and their opinions showed no value to the benefit of their superior man. It is quite an unfair system, however that was the way things were run in the past. In Sophocles ‘Antigone’ women however are portrayed in a different light. They are shown to be brave, relentless and strong human...
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  • Creon - 746 Words
     Like Nephew, Like Uncle In Antigone, Sophocles portrays Creon is as a leader, but as most Greek tragedies evolve, nothing remains the same for long. As shown in the play, Oedipus the King, Oedipus comes to power when he solves the riddle of the sphinx. His reign ends with a catastrophic death. After Oedipus’ death, his two sons, Polyneices and Etoeocles, tragically kill each other in battle. As a result Creon ascends to the throne. In Sophocles’ Antigone, Creon represents the tragic hero...
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  • Creon of Antigone - 404 Words
    In the play, Antigone, written by Sophocles, the tragic hero presented is Creon, the king of Thebes. Creon’s obstinate personality led him to avoid listening to anyone else’s reasoning. Creon has used bad judgment while he was ruling over Thebes. However, Creon went to great lengths to correct his mistakes. Creon’s personality, wrong conduct, and effort to reverse his mistakes make him a tragic hero. Creon’s stubborn, stern, and tyrannizing personality is a reason why he is a tragic hero....
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  • Oedipus and Creon - 677 Words
    ANTIGONE In the play Antigone by Sophocles, the two characters, Antigone and Creon, the king of Thebes both undergo character changes. During the play the audience sees the two character's attitude change from close-minded to open-minded and it's their close-minded attitudes that caused such tragic events. In the beginning of the play Antigone is a closed minded character who later becomes open-minded and Creon's closed mindedness comes into play from when he is set the new ruler. "As long as I...
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  • Creon vs Oedipus - 874 Words
    Henry 1 Dylan Henry Ms. Odorico ENG3UI-07 01 March 2011 Comparison Essay Tragedy can be caused physically or emotionally to someone. This causes different values of magnitude to different people, ( the degree of importance/impact). Both Oedipus in Oedipus Rex by John Bennet and Creon in Antigone by Sophocles go through tragedy that reflects importance and has a big impact. Creon in comparison to Oedipus exhibits a...
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  • Antigone vs Creon - 530 Words
    Antigone Essay In Sophocles’ Antigone, there are many instances of suffering and sacrifice in defense of Antigone’s and Creon’s cause. Between Antigone and Creon, Creon suffers the greater sacrifice. This is shown in the way that he sacrificed his own family’s life, while Antigone took her own life on purpose so she was not sacrificing anything, she wanted to die. This is also shown in the fact that Creon lost all respect from his kingdom, or citizens, and his self, while Antigone died with...
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  • Creon Tragic Hero - 563 Words
    In some respects Creon is seen as a positive character, in others as an antagonist. However, if one sees it from a different perspective, it's obvious that Creon is the victim of fate and his own flaws, making him a tragic hero. His first misfortune was to fall from the grace of his people when saying that Antigone should die for her actions. "Your people are beginning to question your judgment and are beginning to side with Antigone." (256-257) This scene is very ironic! Creon is actually...
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  • Antigone (Creon as the Tragic - 452 Words
    Creon as the Tragic Hero In "Antigone" written by Sophocles, Creon is the tragic hero. Creon is the tragic hero because of his error in judgement, stubborn way of ruling Thebes, his change, and all the tragedy brought on by his actions. Although Creon changed only when a messenger told him there would be a tragic ending because of all his actions, he did try to correct what he had done. Creon ordered that Polyneices' body be left out to be eaten by vultures andwhile dogs because...
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  • Creon: the Complicated Tyrant
    Istahil Ibrahim Prof. Sophie Bourgault POL2107 June 13th, 2012 Creon: The Complicated Tyrant Since the beginning of political thought, the issues surrounding the ‘ideal’ regime and the ‘ideal’ ruler have been hotly contested. These issues have been manifested in various works ranging from ancient plays to philosophical dialogues. How various thinkers argued the ‘ideal’ was to juxtapose it with the opposite – the rule of a tyrant. The philosopher Plato, in his Socratic Dialogue The...
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  • Introduction: Antigone and Creon - 1194 Words
    INTRODUCTION Antigone Antigone is the daughter of Oedipus, the king that married his own mother, Locaste and unwittingly killed his father, Laios. When he learned what he had done, he blinded himself and left Thebes, voluntarily went into self-style exile and died over there. Antigone and Ismene are siblings, the only surviving children of Oedipus. The other two brothers Polyneices and Eteocles quarreled and killed each other in a battle when Polyneices returned to assault Thebes, then...
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  • Law and Character Creon - 613 Words
    Creon’s downfall This is an analysis of the character Creon from the story, Antigone. Creon is the uncle of Antigone and the king in the story. In my opinion he is very insecure and cocky. He is also very nasty, rude, ignorant, unforgiving, and acts like a dictator. He doesn’t listen to others, and he thinks he is always right about everything. He doesn’t like to be proven wrong, and gets aggravated when he is challenged by others and is proven wrong. Creon's human flaws and emotions such...
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  • Compare/Contrast Creon and Antigone
    Compare/Contrast Creon and Antigone In Antigone written by Sophocles, there are two main characters, Antigone and Creon. In the play, King of Thebes, Creon has announced to everyone in the city that no one can mourn or bury Polyneices. Before Creon became a king, Polyneices and Eteocles were fighting to be the king of Thebes after his father, Oedipus died. Polyneices and Eteocles both killed each other in a war. Creon honored only Eteocles but not Polyneices. Their sister, Antigone believes...
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  • Compare/Contrast: Antigone and Creon
    Compare / Contrast Antigone and Creon There is always going to be some kind of conflict in a family. It may happen often, and sometimes rarely. In the century-old story Antigone there is a huge conflict. Antigones brother, Polyneices, refuses to pass on the throne. Therefore, he and his brother Etheocles go to war, and they both end up killing each other. Therefore, it resulted in Polyneices death. When he died, Creon; the ruler of Thebes, refuses to let anyone bury him. So he will be left in...
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  • Oedipus vs Creon - 377 Words
    Patrick Eng Mrs. Thompson English II – 6 17 April 2014 Compare and Contrast Creon and Oedipus In the plays Oedipus the King and Antigone Creon and Oedipus both are similar, but are different in many ways too. They both share in common their overbearing determination, but different in their care for the people of Thebes. Initially, both Oedipus and Creon exert an overbearing determination that can be the tragic flaw that destroys their lives. Oedipus was determined to find the killer...
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  • Comparison of Antigone and Creons leadership.
    The story of Antigone is full of issues regarding leadership and the conflict surrounding these issues. Creon decisions and choices were influenced by his inexperience in leadership. His forceful style leads him straight to disaster which results in losing his son and wife. This disaster was a direct result of his decision to kill Antigone for disobeying his edict regarding the forbidden burial of her brother, Polyneices. He believed his rules were superior, even to those unwritten statues of...
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  • Creon, the Tragic Hero
    Alex Hamilton Mrs. Wolf AP Lit. 6 December 2012 Creon, the True Tragic Hero Aristotle’s definition of a tragic hero is one who is in power or associated with power. They have a hamartia, or flaw, that will ultimately cause their own downfall. Many would use this and claim that Antigone is the tragic hero of the self-named play, but one character has a much more grand fall from the heavens after he losses both wife and son to Antigone (isn’t exactly their main reason, but Antigone’s...
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  • Relationship Between Antigone and Creon
    Relationship between Antigone and Creon Antigone is a play written by Sophocles. The genre of the play that Sophocles wrote was based on tragedy. It is one of the first plays that use tragedy. In the play a young girl named Antigone, stands up against her uncle Creon who is the king. She stands up for her rights, so that she can give a religious burial to Polynices. She was a girl with a lot of will power. This essay talks about the relationship between Antigone and Creon. This essay would...
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  • Antigone: Creon vs Antigone
    In differentiating between the protagonist and the secondary characters in Greek drama, four characteristics of a traditional Greek hero should be kept in mind: undying loyalty, strong convictions, a single character flaw, and a lesson learned. In the play, Antigone, by Sophocles, two characters, Antigone and Creon, have thee of these four. The possession of the fourth quality is what sets one apart as the main character. Even though the title of the play is Antigone, the main character-the...
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  • Antigone Foils Creon - 748 Words
    Antigone Foils Creon In the play Antigone we learn about a stubborn character named Creon who is the ruler of Thebes. This ruler goes on many power trips through out the play, which end up leading to his demise. Antigone, sister of the former king Polyneices sees Creon as a man with to much power who is making poor decisions and acting against the Gods. In a face-to-face confrontation, Antigone does not back down from the powerful leader, and tells him that what he is doing is wrong. Creon,...
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  • Creon the Tragic Hero - 1252 Words
    Sophocles Tragic Hero: Creon The play Antigone written by Sophocles (496 B.C -406 B.C.) was first performed around 441 B.C. Sophocles though it was important for this play to be performed during the time as he was witnessing society move away from the gods and toward a anthropocentric view, thinking that man and his abilities were more important. This all took place during what was called the Golden Age (480-430B.C.) in Greece during which Pericles ruled (461-439B.C.). The Olympics first took...
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  • Creon Is the True Tragic Hero
    Creon the True Tragic Hero There is much controversy between who the 'tragic hero' is in the play Antigone. Some people say Antigone, some say Creon, others even say Heamon. I believe Creon displays all of the characteristics of a 'tragic hero'. He receives compassion through the audience, yet recognizes his weaknesses and his downfalls from his own self-pride, stubbornness, and controlling demands. He is the true protagonist. Though the audience notices how villainous Creon is, they still...
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  • Creon as a Tyrant in Antigone, by Sophocles
    Michael Baker Professor Bryan English 2100 29 July 2013 Creon as a Tyrant in Antigone, by Sophocles Corruption because of power has been a constant theme of mankind since the dawn of humanity. “Antigone”, by Sophocles, is an excellent example of an author’s attempt to portray this theme in a play. This theme is evident throughout the poem, but is especially clear in the dialogue between Creon and the Sentry, and eventually Antigone, beginning on line 248 and ending on line 594. Tyranny...
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  • Creons Speech Essay - 410 Words
    Jaquelin Mignot Mrs.Matino 10/6/13 per 7H Creons speech is a well known powerful speech. He not only persuades the crowd to agree with his beliefs, but but also informs them of his and their place during his rule. The main point of this speech is to inform the people of his stance on the deaths of the two brothers, Polynices and Eteocles. Since these deaths were so recent, he uses the unstable emotions of the crowd to his advantage, using many tactics such as ethos and pathos. ...
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  • Creon: a Virtuous King?
    Creon: A Virtuous King? Antigone is a Greek Tragedy that was written in 441 B.C. by Sophocles who is considered one of the great tragedians of the Greek time period and even today. Antigone is a complex play which centers on the two main characters, Antigone and Creon; Antigone is the daughter of Oedipus and the niece to Creon. This play starts with brothers to Antigone, Polyneices and Eteocles dying in war; they killed each other tragically while fighting over the throne of Thebes. Eteocles...
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  • Antigone vs Creon - 819 Words
    Task: Write an essay about the conflict between Antigone and Creon in Antigone, by Sophocles. Show how each is right in his or her own fundamental belief. Then show how the tragedy was inevitable or show how one side was wrong and should have changed. In Antigone, by Sophocles, there is conflict between the characters Antigone and Creon. Antigone is characterized as a rebellious girl, who turns into a martyr, and just lost both her brothers, Eteocles and Polynices, in a war between the...
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  • Creon Is the Hero in Antigone
    As the main character in the Greek classic “Antigone,” Creon undergoes recognition and a reversal of fortune. Recognition is defined when the main character changes from ignorance to awareness. Reversal of fortune is described as a turn in fortune, usually from good fortune to bad fortune. Creon is also a better fit to Aristotle’s criteria of a tragic hero because the definition of a tragic hero is someone who holds great status and has hamartia. Harmartia is defined as a major character flaw...
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  • Character Analysis of Creon - 421 Words
    After all of the confusion and corruption occurred, there is a new king for Thebes and that is Creon. In the Greek play, Antigone written by Sophocles, shows that Creon was a man of great complexity. He values friendship but Creon feels that friendship would not keep his city standing therefore “no one values friendship more highly than [he]; but [they] must remember that friends made at the risk of wrecking [their] Ship are not real friends at all.” (Sc. 1 L. 32-35) Creon is a strong person and...
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  • Oedipus the King and Creon - 12223 Words
    Antigone By Sophocles Commentary: Quite a few comments have been posted about Antigone. Download: A 64k text-only version is available for download. Antigone By Sophocles Written 442 B.C.E Translated by R. C. Jebb Dramatis Personae daughters of Oedipus: ANTIGONE ISMENE CREON, King of Thebes EURYDICE, his wife HAEMON, his son TEIRESIAS, the blind prophet GUARD, set to watch the corpse of Polyneices FIRST MESSENGER SECOND MESSENGER, from the house CHORUS...
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  • Creon Foil in Sophocles Plays
    Bailey 1 Devereaux Bailey Dr. Nokes Comp 2 April 8, 2011 Creon's Foil in Sophocles' Plays Contrary to the traditional definition of a foil, Creon is a foil to himself in Oedipus the King and Antigone, demonstrating the corrupting influence of power. Showing one man's life perfect, serving his King till blasphemy reasoning and being blood thirsty for power overtakes his actions until it is to late. In the two plays written by Sophocles (Oedipus the King and Antigone),Creon displays...
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  • King Creon Essay - 464 Words
    Leah Smooth 1/27/13 1st period Creon Essay King Creon is a cruel, heartless man, who didn’t care about anyone else but himself. In the story, Antigone and her sister Ismene planned to bury their brother Polynieces. However, King Creon ordered that Polynieces’ body must remain un- buried, so it would rot and animals would use it as food. He soon said if anyone disobeyed his orders, they would be sentenced to death. Creon found out that Antigone buried...
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  • Oedipus the King and Creon - 906 Words
    In Oedipus Rex the character of Creon serves as a foil to Oedipus. An individual who is the foil of another provides contrast. Creon is portrayed as a rational, ethical, and dutiful leader who represents the need for a stable society. All the while Oedipus is portrayed as a rash, unreasonable, and overly confident king, who is constantly trying to keep up with his unavoidable fate. Creon says that he doesn't want to rule alone as sovereign of Thebes. He prefers the power sharing arrangement...
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  • Creon the Tragic Figure - 599 Words
    Creon the Tragic Figure Throughout the play Antigone, Creon is portrayed as the king of discipline and pride. Creon’s pride is what makes him the tragic figure of Antigone. Though Antigone takes her life as the result of her sentence from Creon, it is not her pride that defines her fate but her unwillingness to accept her fate. Creon, King of Thebes, suffers his fate of pride. Not by his own demise, but his denial of Antigones brother Polynices burial; this caused catastrophic events in...
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  • Comparing Jack & Creon - 751 Words
    Leadership: “the ability to lead and exert authority.” In the play ‘Antigone’ by Sophocles, and in the novel ‘Lord of the Flies’ by William Golding, leadership is largely portrayed by the main characters. Creon, the powerfully built King of Thebes, is compared to Jack, the strong-willed school boy who is stuck on an island. When comparing the roles of both Creon and Jack, there are many similarities and differences that arise ultimately coming to the conclusion that Creon is the worse leader....
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  • downfall of king creon - 1141 Words
    Joshua Nicholas Professor Graham English 1301 September 27, 2013 The downfall of King Creon. Being able to be a leader at some points in your life is important. The definition of leadership to me is being a good role model and being able to take control of people, in a good way. For example, you could be a group leader of a school assignment. You will need to look over your peers and tell them what they must do to complete their part. Just because you are a leader that does not...
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  • Creon: A Bad Leader
    ! Creon: A Bad Leader Being a good leader means that someone is humble, thoughtful and unselfish. Creon is a rather weak man who has been placed into a position of authority and is incapable of handling the position well. He is a self-conceited man who is also very narrow minded. Creon who only thinks of himself, not the good of the people, causes him to lose many dear family members. And he doesn't like to be wrong or to be told that he is wrong. He is stubborn and doesn't want to...
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  • Similarities Between Creon and Antigone
    Similarities between Creon and Antigone In Sophocles' play Antigone, Creon was engaged in a conflict with Oedipus' daughter Antigone. Creon and Antigone did not see eye-to-eye the entire play due to extreme differences. Creon and Antigone had many similarities despite their enormous discrepancies. Having as many differences as they did, it made them uniquely similar in numerous ways. The similarities that Antigone and Creon shared were independence, loyalty toward their views, cruelty and...
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  • This: Oedipus and Creon - 2393 Words
    “Antigone” Study Guide PROLOGUE 1. What information does Antigone give to Ismene at the beginning of the scene? -- That their brother, Polyneices, isn’t allowed a proper burial and anyone who buries him will be killed. 2. In a sentence, describe the attitude of Ismene to the news? -- Ismene is timid and cautious after hearing the news. 3. What does Antigone plan to do? -- Antigone plans to go against Creon’s edict and bury her brother. 4. According to Antigone, what is the worst way...
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  • King Creon a Narcissis - 1021 Words
    Is King Creon a Narcissist? Did King Creon suffer from narcissism? A narcissist is usually vain and arrogant, they believe they are smarter then everyone else and do not like to be challenged. A narcissist has an inflated sense of self-importance. Creon exhibits a lot of these characteristic through most of the play. After Creon nephews have perished and Creon is the next of kin, his head seems to swell with the power of the throne. He indicates that and whoever places a friend /above the...
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  • King Creon from Antigone Is a Tyrant
    Amy Lin Mr. Lieu English 1 H 7 December 2012 The Tyrant of Thebes Henry VIII of England was infamous for executing people who contested his views. He was a ruthless ruler and most of his citizens were compliant to him due to consternation. In Antigone, a play written by Sophocles, the actions of King Creon are closely akin to Henry VII of England. King Creon declares a decree that prohibits the burial of his nephew, Polynices, because Polynices had betrayed the city of Thebes...
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  • Newspaper Article Creon S Proclamation
    ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Creon’s Proclamation ! ! ! ! ! Pierce Luck Political Theory ! 12th The Great Ruler of the Land of Thebes, Creon, has decreed that his brother Polynieces will not be BURIED. Due to the betrayal of Polynieces he will not be honored with a burial. Heard from a citizen from Thebes, Creon stated “Never to grant traitors and subversives Equal footing with loyal citizens, but to honor patriots in life and death”. The...
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  • Creon as a Tragic Hero in Antigone by Sophocles
    Caroline Cundiff Mrs. Nancy Diepenbrock AP English IV 16 September 2014 Creon as a Tragic Hero “The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.” This quotation written by F. Scott Fitzgerald centuries after the famous Greek playwrights directly correlates to Aristotle’s characteristics of a tragic hero. In the Greek Tragedy, Antigone by Sophocles, the king, Creon, displays the qualities that fit...
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  • Antigone & Creon: Pride vs. Power
    KP Paper II (REVISION) Christoforatou Original date: 03/28/12 Revision date: 05/24/12 Antigone & Creon: Pride or Power? “I will suffer nothing as great as death without glory” –Antigone According to Aristotle, the most important factor in a Greek tragedy is the plot. The plot must tell the actions of characters from beginning to end. Though, without the characters, the plot has nowhere to go. In Sophocles’ tragedy Antigone, each character has a distinct personality and strong...
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  • Why Creon is the tragic figure in Antigone
    In the play Antigone, Creon is the tragic figure because he has many character flaws which lead to his downfall and consequential remorse. Creon is the king in this play, and has control over laws and people. This constant power brings out all of the worst and most dangerous characteristics in Creon. He affects many people, both verbally and physically and makes a lasting on impact on the city of Thebes. When the story begins, Creon has issued a law forbidding the proper burial of a...
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  • Who Is More Tragic, Creon or Antigone?
    The Imperfect Hero For many people who knew Pat Tillman, he was an American Hero, who forestalled his professional football career and joined the army after seeing his country attacked on 911. He valiantly fought for his country and for his beliefs, and even when Pat died in Afghanistan in 2004, his memory lives on in the minds of many people. According to Aristotle, the hero is not a true hero like Pat Tillman, but rather a person who has serious flaws that lead to the downfall of the...
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  • Compare the portrayal of Creon in Oedipus the King and Antigone.
    In both plays Creon is of high social status. In Antigone he is the king of Thebes. In Oedipus the King he is the brother in law to Oedipus and becomes king at the end of the play. In Antigone, Creon is portrayed as a main character as the plot revolves around him and his decisions as he is the King of Thebes. In this play Creon's character is irrational, as he does not obey the Laws of the Gods by sentencing his son's fiancée to a slow death, 'she'll never escape, she and her blood sister,...
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  • This essay proves that Creon is a tragic hero in Antigone.
    Throughout history there have been many people known as heroes. Most of these people have done wonderful things to help society. However, in literature there is another type of hero, the tragic hero. While tragic heroes do wonderful things too, they also have a character flaw that causes their downfall along with others. This essay is to prove that in the play "Antigone", written by Sophocles, Creon is a tragic hero. One of the requirements to be considered a tragic hero is the person must be...
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  • Qualifications of a Tragic Hero: Antigone vs. Creon
    Qualifications of a Tragic Hero: Antigone vs. Creon In the tragedy of Antigone by Sophocles, Antigone, the main protagonist, is conflicted whether or not to bury her dead brother and go against Creon’s law or follow Creon’s law. Creon is the main antagonist in this story and punishes Antigone for breaking his law and burying Polynieces. Though they are two different characters, Creon and Antigone could both qualify as the tragic hero because they are both responsible for their own fate,...
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  • Creon Tragic Hero Essay about "Antigone," by Sophocles. Discusses why Creon IS a tragic hero in the book "Antigone".
    Antigone Tragic Hero Essay Most Greek tragedies were based on myths and consisted of a series of dramatic episodes mixed with a chorus who commented on the dramatic action or analyzed the pattern of events. The role of a tragic hero was vital to the tragic plays. Sophocles argues that a tragic hero is a character who possesses six specific traits. A tragic hero must be of noble stature, can not be perfect, their downfall most be their fault, their misfortune is not wholly deserved, the fall is...
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  • This is a creative writing letter to King Creon persuading him against the death of his daughter Antigone.
    Dear King Creon, As you are well aware of the fact that your daughter Antigone has gone against your ruling and buried Polyneices, and that you have condemned her to death. I am writing this letter to strongly urge against the death of your daughter. Antigone is your daughter, and Polyneices is your son. Although Polyneices has killed your son Etocles, you have to remember that Etocles has also killed your son Polyneices. They are both at fault in this massacre, so why should you only punish,...
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  • How Do Creon from "Antigone" by Sophocles and Bernarda from "House of Bernarda Alba" by Frederico Lorca Respond to Challenges to Their Power?
    Creon, the King of Thebes, and Bernarda, who is the head of her household are the most powerful characters in their plays. Both characters want to have complete control over everything and everyone around them; however both suffer losses as a result of their attitudes and use of power. The main difference between Creon and Bernarda is how they react to these losses and to the challenges to their authority. It is this aspect which the essay will explore. The House of Bernarda has an...
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  • Haemon and Creon's Relationship - 619 Words
    Haemon disregarded the declarations and that was seen as the height of disrespect against Creon, but in the eyes of the civilians Creon is entirely in the wrong. The greatest iniquity committed by Haemon is the fact that he did not believe Antigone was guilty or deserved to be put in a tomb to die. Engulfed in all his power, Creon did not realize he was the only one that felt it was right to punish Antigone for performing a proper burial. Although it is not popularity but respect that he is...
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  • Sophocles' Antigone: Situational Irony in Scene Three
    Timed Write Rewrite Prompt 3: What is the most important word, sentence or quote from this text and why? In an argument between King Creon and his son Haimon, the author reveals that with power, pride and refusal of corrections start to develop. In the Greek play Antigone, Sophocles creates a story about an arrogant, power-hungry king. In doing so, he reveals the consequences of being a dictator, rather than being a noble ruler —an issue that can be found in many countries since many...
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  • Antigone Position Paper - 595 Words
    Throughout history, there have been countless kings and rulers that have shaped government systems and history as a whole. The bad kings and rulers are often remembered as tyrants and unfair dictators. It is a fair assumption that throughout the play Antigone, Creon ruled with an “iron fist,” but undoubtedly over-exercised his powers when dealing with his punishment for Antigone for burying Polyneices’ body. He continually insisted that his law was in accordance with what the gods wanted. His...
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  • Explain how you would perform the role of Haemon
    Explain how you would perform the role of Haemon during his interaction with Creon, in order to reveal his changing attitude(s) towards his father. The character Haemon appears on stage just as his Creon has deemed Antigone to her death as a punishment for a crime of family loyalty. In performing the role of Haemon, I would come onto centre stage in a costume of traditional Greek military attire adorned with royal crest of arms to portray his princely supremacy as a Theban prince. Creon’s...
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  • Antigone - 19 - 822 Words
    Antigone There comes a time where pride can cause a person to go against what they consider right; In the play Antigone by Sophocles demonstrates how someone having too much or too little pride can be the downfall of themselves or what the effects it can have on a person are. Although pride is something that we all possess, we must pick the right time to display it for everyone to see. Throughout the play, Antigone continues to demonstrate a strong sense of pride to her own family...
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  • Foils in Antigone - 684 Words
    In class essay about play Antigone Creon, the king of Thebes, is one of the major characters. The author utilized several characters/ foils in order to build up the king’s image, the pride, cruel, stubborn and superior ruler. Through those conflicts, arguments and persuations, the king’s figure was gradually set up and was foreshadowing the tragic ending of his own life. The conflict between Antigone and Creon in the play is very outstanding and intense. Creon commanded that Eteocles would...
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  • Comparision of Pericles Funeral Speech,and Jefferson Declaration of Independence
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