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A tragic hero is a character who is known for being of high status Many of their ideas are wise but it is their one tragic flaw is what leads to their downfall Antigone and Creon the main characters in the play Antigone could represent the tragic hero I believe that Creon is the tragic hero of the story He fits the description perfectly The things he said and did show how a man with everything could lose everything due to his own behavior His pride and stubbornness are what caused his downfall because he wouldnt listen to the peoples opinions Many of Creons statements reveal his personality including his admirable parts and his flaws When Creon says I call to God to witness that if I saw my country headed for ruin I should not be afraid to speak out plainly Antigone Scene 1 24-26 it shows his leadership and control over his country Creon also says The inflexible heart breaks first the toughest iron cracks first and the wildest horses bend their necks at the pull of the smallest curb Scene 2 79 to Antigone after finding out she is the one who buried her brother Polynieces He thinks that if Antigone wasnt so stubborn she could have avoided the punishment I personally think that Creon is just as stubborn as she is The reason why Creon and Antigone have conflicts with each other is because their ways of thinking are almost exactly alike It is hard to deny the heart But I will do it I will not fight with destiny scene 5 100 In this statement Creon shows that he is starting to realize his fault and how he needs to correct it After talking to Teiresias the blind prophet he realizes that in order for the gods to forgive him he needs to release Antigone When Creon says Fate has brought all my pride to a thought of
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