Examples Of Tragic Tragedy In Antigone

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Who’s the True Tragic Heroine? Why do people do the wrong thing, knowing that it is wrong? Then, they feel bad about it and regret doing it. Why not just do the right thing the first time? These are questions that are faced by King Creon in the tragedy, Antigone. Though the tragic drama Antigone was written in the 6th Century B.C, this problem is still faced today (Willocks). King Creon deals with this problem after making the wrong decision to send Antigone to the cave to die for attempting to give her brother a proper burial after he dies in battle with their brother, Eteocles. The death of Antigone is why this drama is a tragedy. A tragedy is an event causing great suffering and destruction. In every tragedy, there is a tragic hero -- one …show more content…
Creon’s reversal of fortune is changing from a king that everyone obeys and abides by his laws, to a king that no one likes and disagrees with his decisions. Antigone buried her brother, Polynices, even after King Creon said not to. So he banished her to a cave to slowly die. After he declares her to be sent to the cave to slowly die, the blind prophet, Tiresias, comes and explains to King Creon, “Yes the city sickens Creon, These the symptoms of your cussedness that caused them” (Sophocles). At that point, the citizens of the city were sick of Creon’s bad decisions. King Creon then came to a conclusion that the decision he made are poor decisions and he wishes he can take it back, but he cannot. The gods then decrees,” utter no prayer now”, because it is too late. King Creon has finally discovers his reversal in …show more content…
After Tiresias tells him his fate, he also explained that he could not escape his fate; he was doomed. His decision causes the gods to be furious towards him, as well as the citizens. Now he does not know what to do. Tiresias explains, “You can yield to the gods” (Sophocles). Creon knows that sending Antigone to the cave to die was not the right decision. Creon also knows that it is his fault why his own son, Haemon dies. Creon then realizes his fate is too much for him to bear and finally apologizes says, “I have been rash and foolish” (Sophocles). In the end, his apology allows his fate to be greater than he deserved. His fate greater than he deserves is that although he made multiple wrong decisions, his apology still helps him out, allowing him to stay

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