A tragic hero can be defined as a character, neither completely good nor evil, whose downfall is brought about by some weakness; their hubris and failure to adapt to their surroundings causes problems in their lives. In Antigone, two main tragic heroes are noted- Creon and Antigone. Creon generally noted as evil and Antigone as good, but as you take a closer look, you’re able to pin-point the situation that their judgment wouldn’t budge. Antigone was devastated that the new King Creon ruled that her brother wouldn’t be buried and wouldn’t accept that as the final verdict. Though she seems perfect, she still made poor choices which her pride, or her tragic flaw, influenced her to make. Against all advice and knowledge of the consequences of burying him without consent, she did anyway. This is when Antigone’s hamartia was noticed, she is stubborn beyond belief. Apposed to waiting to talk to Creon or leaving her brothers body as suggested by her sister, she buries the body either way. She held to her belief that it is unjust to burry one of her brothers because he died defending the state, and not the other because he was against the state. Wanting to hopefully lift the curse that was placed on her household, she would do go through any punishment to make sure what she needed to do was taken care of. In line 168, Antigone said “Say that I am mad, and madly let me risk the worst that I can and suffer the best”. This line represents Antigone’s mindset that she was doing right and she doesn’t care what society or the Gods think of her acts. She’s now accepted that she won’t only be different from society but from her own sister, Ismene’s, beliefs. “Of course I knew. Was it not publicly proclaimed?” shows how she knew that she was doing was wrong but was proud to do so because she believed she had every right to do so. Though this simple act seems insignificant and just, it causes a huge problem and leads to her being killed. Creon’s “moment of tragedy” is marked at the same spot at Antigone’s. After becoming the new King, he makes an announcement to his people promising the good that he will do. In the closing of that speech he declares a law regarding the death of Antigone’s brothers that he will stand by despite the hatred from other people; the brother fighting for the country will be buried, the other shall not be tampered with and anyone found doing so will be executed. Following his notification of Antigone burying her brother, he begins considering a punishment for her disobeying the law. His pride and new sense of power gets in the way of what was truly right, Antigone’s reasoning for burying her brother. In line 181, Creon notes “O, she’s the man, not I, if she can walk away unscathed! I swear I hardly care if she be my sister’s child, or linked to me by blood more closely than any member of my hearth and home”. Creon doesn’t care…
there is a tragic hero. The character that has the major flaw and the one the reader usually pities is normally the tragic hero. In Sophocles’s famous play, Antigone, the death of his son Haemon, wife Eurydice, and daughter in law to be Antigone, were all results from the flaws of Creon. Creon has all of the characteristics that make him the tragic hero in Sophocles’s play. Creon’s strong-willed and arrogant personality caused the 3 tragedies in this play.
Being a strong-willed man, Creon was not…
In Ancient Greek theatre, we see examples of characters possessing excessive, engrossing pride that is often coupled with blatant arrogance, not regularly but most of the time. Hubris is constituted by a display of these aspects. Characters in plays are usually seen as those with Hubris, particularly the Tragic Hero. These characters in the story, usually royalty, suffer from a Tragic Flaw which is ultimately responsible for their descent unto their inevitably untimely death. Hubris…
Creon: The Archetype of a Tragic Hero
The Greek tragedy Antigone by Sophocles is a story of defiance on one part and ignorance on the other, ultimately resulting in downfall in both cases. The play begins in the aftermath of a civil war in Thebes; there are many casualties including two brothers, Polyneices and Eteocles. These brothers along with their sisters, Antigone and Ismene, are the children of Oedipus, the previous king who suffered a curse that led to his inevitable demise. The current…
thanks to Sophocles and theater is also growing and improving every day.
first i will talk about Sophocles, how he would have lived and what Greece was like between his birth in 496 B.C to his death in 406 B.C and then i will go on to talk about Antigone. Hope you enjoy.
When Sophocles was just nine years old he saw his first war of many, between 490 and 479 B.C, Greece was invaded by the Persian army, in 480 B.C a force of sixty thousand men and six hundred ships sailed to Thermopylae…
Thebes Internal Battle
The major moral conflict in Antigone by Sophocles is the conflict over which value is most fundamental. The play presents the moral conflict over whether the god's law or the city's law is more powerful. This seems to be the most prominent theme. The conflict arises mainly between the tragic heroes Antigone and her uncle-in-law Creon, King of Thebes. The city of Thebes had been through a war in which Antigone and her sister Ismene have lost both of their brothers to it,…
January 21, 2015
Antigone and MLK: Tragic Hero Essay
Sophocles explores the universal theme of conflict between the individual and
society in the classical tragedy, Antigone. Antigone is one of the four children of
Oedipus, the former king of Thebes. When Oedipus went into exile for his crimes,
Antigone’s brothers, Polyneices and Eteocles, fought over who would eventually rule,
and Polyneices attacked Thebes. Eventually , the two brother killed each other, and
their uncle Creon, who had supported Eteocles…
• Social relationships
• Leader ship and heroism
Conflicts and relationships between characters in Antigone
There are two basic conflicts in the play
• Between Antigone and Creon
• Between Creon and Gods
While there are two main characters(protagonists), Antigone and Creon, it is Creon who has the central figure of the play; he feature throughout the play.
Once Antigone is taken away to be imprisoned, she is not seen again.
Antigone’s opposition to Creon invites…