Antigone The Character Of Creon

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“Alas for me...the guilt for all of this is mine-/it can never be removed from me or passed/ to any other mortal man”(ln. 1463-65). These are some of the last painful words spoken by Creon; the regal and powerful leader, who in the tragedy, Antigone by Sophocles, through his actions, ends up killing people closest to him. In the Tragedy, the dynamic plot begins with Antigone, who goes against the law created by the great Creon, to give a proper burial to her brother, when is faced with a horrific death sentence. In Greek culture, it is believed one is not at rest until their body is buried, and because of her actions, it tests Creon 's morals and values, ultimately, causing those around to kill themselves. Creon, …show more content…
For example, the conversation between Haemon and Creon, the reader gains essential information surrounding Creon’s actions and how they show his Tragic hero qualities, when Creon insults Haemon,” You foul creature/ you 're worse than any woman”(ln. 852-853). After this , Haemon comes back, responding by telling him,”You’ll not catch me/ giving way to some disgrace”(ln.854-55). In making this comment, one can see Creon 's, unjustified insults. Although he does not agree with what Haemon is saying to him, it does not give him a reason to insult Haemon, who is trying to help him. Basically, Creon fails to accept constructive criticism, which foreshadows why he ends up following up with his plans for murder, and the collapse of his family. His Tragic flaw contributes to him being a tragic hero because he demonstrates a key component to such character. Through this, the reader can gain a sense that Creon displays a weakness, a Tragic Hero quality , which in his case is quick to anger as well as the misjudgment. An example of Creon 's tragic hero qualities is revealed once Creon 's entire family either is killed or committed suicide, as he begs for mercy. He wants a fair punishment placed on himself, and goes on by pleading,” Pray for nothing/ There 's no release for mortal human beings,/ not from events which …show more content…
For instance, after Creon learns of his family 's deaths, The Chorus describes his successes by saying,”The most important part of true success/ is wisdom- not to act impiously towards the gods, for boasting of arrogant men/ bring on great blows of punishment/ so in old age men can discover wisdom”(ln.1491-1495). Saying this gives a clear outline of how wisdom is earned, and in this case, wisdom is far more important than power, because one can have power, but only one with great wisdom knows who to use it effectively. This also directly shows Creon’s lack of wisdom as it directly mentions how wise men give all respects to the gods whereas Creon decides he is sure his punishment is just. In order to have success, one must have wisdom, however, power does not necessarily equate to wisdom. Creon is portrayed as a man who lacks wisdom but acquired great authority which ultimately causes great devastation. To add, in the conversation between Haemon and Creon, Creon mentions how he believes wisdom is unimportant to one, by unreasonably commenting,” And men my age- are we then going to school/ to learn what’s wise from men as young as him”(ln. 824-825)? Basically, this shows how although Creon has a great deal of power, through their conversation, Haemon showcases how pretentious, he really is, and he gives the illustration that he, in fact, is not what he

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