The Tragic Hero Of Sophocles ' Oedipus Rex And Antigone ' Essay

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Catatonic Stubbornness
Hamartia. From Greek meaning a fatal flaw leading to the downfall of a tragic hero or heroine. In Sophocles’s Oedipus Rex and Antigone, Oedipus, Antigone, and especially Creon all display their flaw of being stubborn which ultimately leads to the tragedy in each play. When Teiresias challenges Oedipus by saying that he is the one plaguing the city, instead of listening to the other side of the argument, Oedipus tells him to be “Out of this place! Out of my sight!” (Sophocles 23). Oedipus’s stubbornness leads him to become blind to the truth and to reason. Antigone, on the other hand, acts rashly to get what she wants as quick as possible. Antigone believes that if she’s stubborn and can hold her ground, Creon, who has power, will not be “strong enough to stand in [her] way” (191). This flaw in character and judgement leads Antigone to lose her life just because she fights instead of talking through the problem. Another factor that leads to Antigone’s tragic death is Creon’s stubbornness and pride which leads to his inability to listen to other people’s opinions like Teiresias, who he knows is a proven credible source. Once Creon realized that his hamartia was causing problems, he admits to his flaw by saying, “but it is worse / to risk everything for stubborn pride” (235). Sophocles proves that stubbornness causes blindness or deafness of some sort, which leaves the character deprived of a perspective.
Like Creon, my tragic flaw is stubbornness and…

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