Essay on The Tragic Hero Of Sophocles ' Antigone

833 Words Sep 29th, 2015 4 Pages
In the play “Antigone,” by Sophocles, Creon, the king of Thebes, is the tragic hero, according to Aristotle’s definition of what a tragic hero is in Greek drama. The hero must be highly placed and Creon is a king. They must make a mistake and must possess a fatal flaw, also known as a hamartia. Creon’s hamartia is hubris, excessive pride. They must suffer a reversal of fortune, where the hero loses everything, and must exhibit tragic recognition in which he or she takes responsibility for their actions. Despite Antigone, Creon’s niece, being the protagonist and having her name as the title she just is not this play’s heroin. Creon’s beliefs and excessive pride will cost him things he loves very dearly before he realizes what he has done. Creon thinks now that he is King he is better than the gods. He feels superior, and even says, “The State is the King!” (3.111). Once he has made his decision he will not be swayed and even tells Haimon, “You have heard my final judgement on that girl; Have you come here hating me, or have you come with deference and with love, whatever I do?’ (3.6-7). His son loves Antigone, but Creon is positive that his son will move on, and find a new love, because he thinks Haimon loves him more. Creon also feels he is superior to women in general. So it goes beyond disobeying the King’s orders, and becomes even more personal, as a woman should obey a man. Annoyed Creon says, “Let’s lose to a man, at least! Is a woman stronger than we?”…

Related Documents