The Tragic Hero Of Sophocles ' Antigone Essay

1049 Words Nov 7th, 2016 5 Pages
The tragic hero of Sophocles’ Antigone is Creon the uncle of Antigone. Creon represents masculine rules, state over family, and the gods who choose his side over anyone else. In doing so he has caused a lot of harm towards the ones he love. Creon actions led many to their deaths because what he was representing.
Creon represents the tragic hero in Sophocles’ Antigone through his believes in choosing the state over his own family. Creon chooses the state over his family multiply times and doesn’t realize the consequences. One example that Creon chooses the state over his family is when he is talking to his son Hamion. Creon tells him the choice he should make over love. Creon says “You have heard my final judgment on that girl.” which was talking about Antigone and how his decision affects his son. Hamion believes that it wasn’t right for his father to lock up Antigone because those were the rules and punishment. Hamion didn’t think Antigone should have received those consequences because Antigone defied them. In the long run they were both Hamion and Antigone were dead because of the actions of Creon. Another way Creon chose the state verses his own family by Choragos was trying to convince him to undo his wrongs. Creon went back on what he believe what was right because he supported the state so greatly. Choragos told Creon “Go quickly: free Antigone from her vault / and build a tomb for the body of Polyneices.”Creon decided to listen to Choragos but was too late once he…

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