The Tragic Hero Of Sophocles ' The Play ' Antigone ' Essay

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The play Antigone by Sophocles translated by Ian Johnston, follows the guides for a tragic hero in which the main character, the king, merges to act the role as the tragic hero. He reveals his flaw as hubris and faces many challenges that make him take drastic decisions. His arrogance does not let him see that he has made mistakes and he would not assume them. He ends up losing everything that matters to him, in a devastating series of events. This makes him the perfect tragic hero in this play because he goes through excessive punishment as well as self awareness.

Creon 's noble stature certainly affects the overall theme of the story as him being the king. He takes charge; he makes the law and everyone has to obey his decisions without questioning it. Since he has control, no one can object to his mandate, this can be shown as Antigone tells Ismene, “Look- what’s Creon doing with our two brothers?/He 's honouring one with a full funeral/and treating the other one disgracefully!” (Sophocles, Prologue 25-27). Antigone manifests her anger on this quote about Creon 's decree, how she does not agree with it and can not change it or manifest about it; Creon’s titled gives him the authority to do anything he pleases without taking advice from anyone. Even his adviser, the Chorus leader, advice it is not worthy for Creon, they also have to take orders from him. “What plan of action does he have in mind?/what 's made him hold this special meeting/ with elders summoned by a…

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