Role Of Creon In Antigone

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The play Antigone was written in 441 b.c by Sophocles, it is an example of a Greek tragedy. King Creon of Thebes dictated over his people, controlling what they did, what they could think about, what they could pray about. Creon is the tragic hero of the play Antigone, showing that having the audience affected by fear, he is endowed with a his own flaw of ignorant pride, and he is responsible for his own fate. As the tragic hero of the play Antigone, Creon shows he isn 't fit to rule, he is extremely stubborn and has only one mindset that he alone is almighty Creon affects the audience by putting fear into the reader 's. Creon’s tragic hero role is shown when the audience is affected by fear within the play. Creon 's first impression to …show more content…
As Creon become king he immediately created a new law and expected the people to comply. He felt power over Thebes, as if he could do and say anything he wanted to the people, Even death threats. In Creon’s mind, he is the only one who has control, you must obey or you shall be punished. His power was controlled by his pride ”Whoever is chosen to govern should be obeyed, in all things, great and small, just and unjust”_Creon’s belief on obedience is the ruler is the only person to follow, when he says the quote he is speaking about himself. The ignorant pride Creon has is affecting his decision making skills, he won 't even listen to his own sons reasoning. He is willing to kill his son’s future wife then show the people that he is wrong.“Do not believe that you alone can be right” According to Creon, he is the one and only person that is correct on any subject, that he should be the only one you show obedience towards. But when Hamion tries to talk to him about Antigone, Creon is threatened by what Hamion has to say. His pride is creating Creon to only think he is right. One of Creon’s tragic flaws that create his own downfall is his ignorant pride. Believing he is the only right person in any situation, unwilling to listen to anyone’s reasoning, willing to kill his own family member to show he is the greatest and no one can defeat …show more content…
No one was holding Creon’s hand while he was dictating over the people of Thebes, nor did someone command him to create a law stating that you can not bury Polyneices or even pray for him,or willing to kill his own niece Antigone. No, Creon acted alone in all of his dreadful decisions. ”A good man yields when he knows his course is wrong and repairs the evil. The only crime is pride” As Hamien says this to Creon, he is telling him that he isn 't a good leader because he did not see the flaw in his ruling. “A good man repairs evil”, Creon has only created more. At any point Creon could have took a step back and realized his own mistakes and the wrong path that he took but instead he knew he was doing wrong and continued to be a dictator to his people. Which shows he wasn 't a “good man” nor was he a good leader. ”If your birds-if the great eagles of God himself, should carry him stinking bit by bit to heaven, I would not yield. I am not afraid of pollution”
Creon is saying that even God himself could stop him from punishing Antigone, No one, including God could change the way Creon is, he alone is responsible for his own fate. Several people, including his son pleated with Creon to reconsider the decisions he was making and dictating the people of Thebes. Creon says God himself could not yield him. As the tragic hero of the play Antigone, Creon is endowed with his tragic flaw pride, he is

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