The Tragic Hero Of Sophocles ' Antigone Essay

1113 Words Apr 19th, 2016 5 Pages
The Tragedy Of A Hero What exactly is considered to be a “tragic hero?” A tragic hero according to Greek philosopher, Aristotle, is a “literary character who makes a judgment error that inevitably leads to his/her own destruction.” In the Greek tragedy, Antigone, written by Sophocles, all the makings of a tragic hero point to the character, King Creon. Creon took the throne of Thebes after Oedipus’ two sons killed each other over who would rule Thebes after the passing of Oedipus. When the play first introduces Creon, he is but a simple leader who orders for the burial of Eteocles, but leaves Polynices body out in the open. As the play furthers, Creon’s selflessness appears and then completely takes over the character by the end of the play. Creon’s tragic flaw is his hubris, or pride of self-love. He is stubborn and takes nothing from anyone. This tragic flaw ultimately leads Creon to his own demise or downfall. Creon goes through what exactly makes a tragic hero in Antigone, though he does see his wrong by the end, but by then it would be too late. Sophocles, using Creon as the tragic hero, tells Creon’s tragic flaw, how he was the tragic hero, and the characters movement from ignorance to awareness using his own tragic flaw. The one main flaw in Creon’s character is his hubris; he has too much self-confidence in himself to see what he is becoming. He lets his ego come before himself and costs him dearly in the plays final moments. Creon is also as stubborn as…

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