Antigone - Creon: A Tragic Hero

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Antigone was produced in 441 B.C. by Sophocles, one the three great Greek writers of tragedy. The other two were Aeschylus and Euripides. Most of Sophocles' plays present a specific struggle of a strong individual against his or her fate. Sophocles presents the course chosen by his powerful figures, which are usually disapproved of by the chorus and other characters. The courses are mostly costly. Suffering from conflict or death, it makes those characters nobler and somehow benefits humanity. Out of 100 plays of Sophocles, only seven of them have been reminded until now. Among those plays, Antigone is a play about the struggle between state and family. It is Creon's nobility, tragic flaw, his downfall, and his great loss that bring him to be a true tragic hero of Antigone. His noble quality is his caring for Antigone and Ismene when their father was persecuted. He also realized his mistake when Teiresias made his prophecy. Finally he is forced to live, knowing that three people are dead because of his ignorance, which is a punishment worse than death. All are the key elements that make Creon for being a true tragic hero.

Creon is a man of great noblility. He

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