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Antigone Tragic Hero

In the novel "Antigone" Sophocles, the author, depicts the tragic hero Creon to the fullest extent. Sophocles portrays Creon as a tragic hero by the characteristics shown throughout the story. Creon is a character that is easy to relate to in a number of ways. First, he contains many flaws which in result causes many problems. This is seen in the decision he made of becoming hubris. Hubris is a Greek term for insolence and is referred to the emotions in Greek tragic heroes and ignores the gods and thus invite catastrophe. Catastrophe is all Creon got as the novel progressed into the climax. His choices and decisions end up deciding the fates of his son, wife, and Antigone. After having an encounter however with Teiresias, Creon comes around to realize what he has done is sinful to the gods. He has put his own pride over the fact of appreciating the gods. The character Creon may not be seen as a tragic hero because of his tasteless acts, but he contains the traits eligible to be the tragic hero in "Antigone."
As seen in the novel, Creon exhibits habits seen in today's life, even though Sophocles wrote this novel a long time ago. It is obvious that Creon displays an immense amount of stubbornness throughout the story. An example is seen when Antigone wishes to give her brother, Polynieces a proper burial so he can go and be with the Gods. Creon as king wishes to have him rot in the fields of war because he disowned the state in the war that preceded the events. Antigone fights for her beliefs of the divine law that one should always receive a proper burial after death, but Creon refuses and throws Antigone in jail. His stubbornness is seen here in this quote, "Go join them, then: if you must have your love, find it in hell!"(pg286). As seen in the quote, even after Antigone clearly makes sense in what she was doing, and the prophet also agrees with her, Creon turns to the