Antigone is a tragic heroine who chooses to defy the law and bury her brother, Polynices, even though it means she will be put to death. Antigone believes that honoring her brother is more important than following the law, which she views as unjust.
Creon, Antigone’s uncle and the king of Thebes, decrees that Polynices must not be given a proper burial because he was a traitor. Antigone goes against Creon’s orders and gives her brother a burial, for which she is caught and sentenced to death.
There are many arguments over who the real tragic hero is in Antigone. Some say Antigone herself is the tragic hero because she stands up for what she believes in, even though it leads to her death. Others say Creon is the tragic hero because his stubbornness and pride lead to the downfall of his family.
There is no clear answer, but Antigone and Creon both fit the definition of a tragic hero. A tragic hero is a character who is of noble stature and has a tragic flaw that leads to their downfall. Antigone’s tragic flaw is her stubbornness and Creon’s tragic flaw is his pride. In the end, both Antigone and Creon suffer from their flaws and pay the ultimate price.
In the Oedipus Rex, Creon is a superior match to Antigone. He starts out as a decent leader for his nation, with a wide range of good people on his side, loyalty, and justice. However, he achieves this position due to his obstinacy and pride. During that time, Antigone may have been the major hero who fought for women’s rights and human rights, but she does not have any hubris. Rather than that, Creon is the symbol of someone who caused some little damage but gave the most compassion to the audience.
Antigone, on the other hand, may have been a victim of Creon’s hubris. She was not given a fair chance to grieve for her brother and she was put into a position where she had to choose between family and state. She chose family, which ultimately led to her downfall. In this case, Antigone is more of a victim than a hero.
Creon is the tragic hero in Antigone because he perfectly fits the definition of one. A tragic hero is “a great or virtuous character in a dramatic tragedy who is destined for downfall, suffering, or defeat” (“Tragic Hero”). Antigone does not meet these qualifications because she was not born into a great or virtuous family. In fact, her mother killed her father and two of her brothers. Antigone also does not suffer from any downfall because she dies before the play ends. Creon, on the other hand, is born into a royal family and is a great leader for his kingdom. He also suffers from his hubris, which leads to his downfall.
Creon’s hubris is shown when he refuses to bury Antigone’s brother, Polynices. Antigone believes that it is her duty to bury her brother because she loves him and he is family. However, Creon believes that it is more important to follow the law than to show love and respect for family. This conflict between Antigone and Creon is what leads to the tragic ending of the play. Antigone decided to bury her brother anyway, which led to her arrest. While she was in prison, Antigone hanged herself. When Creon found out, he was devastated. His wife and son also killed themselves out of grief. In the end, everyone close to Creon died because of his hubris.
Creon is the tragic hero in Antigone because his hubris leads to the downfall of himself and everyone around him. Antigone may have been the main character in the play, but she did not suffer from any hubris. She was a victim of Creon’s obstinacy and his refusal to bury her brother. Antigone is not a tragic hero because she did not cause her own downfall, but rather it was Creon’s hubris that led to her death.
“For no one can dispute that Creon was the most proud individual in the drama.” Is this true? Then be aware, by Olympus, that you are not permitted to hurl insults at me or rejoice! Bring the detested thing so she may perish at once, close by her bridegroom’s eyes. (lines 771-774) The King was too proud; he believed he would never make a mistake. ”
Antigone is a play about two people who have different opinions about laws. Antigone thinks that family laws are more important then state laws, and will go against the state law for her family. Antigone was caught by Creon’s men when she tried to bury her brother, Polyneices. Antigone is then taken before Creon where he gives her two options, death or Life in prison. Antigone chooses death because she would rather die than live without her family. Even though Antigone knows that she will die, she still goes against Creon’s orders.
Creon is considered the Tragic Hero in Antigone because he meets all five of Aristotle’s qualifications: a tragic flaw, recognition, reversal, suffering, and catharsis.
Aristotle’s first qualification for a Tragic Hero is having a tragic flaw. Creon’s tragic flaw is pride. Antigone has a similar tragic flaw; Antigone is also very headstrong and doesn’t listen to anyone. Antigone’s sister, Ismene, tries to get Antigone to think about what she is doing, but Antigone doesn’t listen. Antigone says “I will bury him myself… And if I must die, I say that this crime is holy: I do not regret it” (line 264-268). This shows that Antigone is willing to die for her family, even though she knows it’s wrong.
Another qualification for a Tragic Hero is recognition. Recognition is when the character realizes their tragic flaw. Creon realizes his tragic flaw when his son, Haemon, tells him that he has been blinded by power and is making a huge mistake. Haemon says “You are not thinking… You refuse to listen to anyone” (line 1322-1323). Creon finally realizes that he has been too prideful and that he needs to listen to others. Antigone also has a moment of recognition; Antigone recognizes her tragic flaw when she is talking to Ismene.