Essay on The Tragic Hero Of Sophocles ' Antigone

1197 Words Oct 26th, 2015 5 Pages
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 the people is that he will “try” to be as good of leader as Odipes but shortly after he is already demanding to not bury a body and if someone does, they are to be put to death. ”Polyneices, I say, is to have no burial: no man is to touch him or say the least prayer for him: he shall lie on the plain, unburied!” In the first quote Creon states that it is illegal to even think or prayer for Polynices, right after he gives a speech saying he’s going to be a loyal and respectful ruler to all the people . With someone ruling over my prayers i would feel very fearful of him/her, not even able to think or believe what you want without punishment. What kind of respect for the people is that? Later in the play, Creon’s son Hamion, expresses to…

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