Essay The Tragic Hero Of Sophocles ' Antigone

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“There is no happiness where there is no wisdom; no wisdom but in submission to the gods. Big words are always punished, and proud men in old age learn to be wise” (245). In these final words said by the Choragos, he explains an important lesson learned by the tragic hero in the play “Antigone,” written by Sophocles. In this tragic play, Creon, Antigone’s uncle and the new king of Thebes, gives Eteocles a formal burial but forbids one to Polyneices because of his traitorous act against the city. Antigone, who believes both of her brothers should receive proper burials, defies Creon’s law and secretly buries Polyneices herself, eventually leading Creon to declare her death punishment. Rather than Antigone, Creon is the tragic hero of the play because of the prominence and magnitude of his tragic flaws, specifically his hubris, the morality of his intentions to preserve and protect the well-being of the city, and the failure of his introspective realization of his flawed character to prevent his unfortunate loss of his niece, son, and wife. First and foremost, Creon’s tragic flaw is so severe that Haimon, Tiresias, and the Choragos all cautiously confront Creon about his decision to execute Antigone and inform him of the potential consequences of his excessive pride. Haimon informs his father that the soul of a “man who maintains that only he has the power to reason correct, the gift to speak,” actually “turns out empty” (219). Haimon also uses a poetic analogy, explaining…

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