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There is still a great debate on who is in fact the true tragic hero in Sophocles Antigone Many hold that it must be Antigone herself after all the play does bear her name But in actuality Creon not Antigone is the rue tragic hero In order to determine whether or not Creon is the true tragic hero one will first have to answer the question What is a tragic hero Aristotle when discussing the nature of such a hero in his theory of drama states that such a hero is neither purely innocent nor purely evil This person is usually born high in the ranks of society and must also possess a tragic flaw which originates from within and usually manifests itself through poor judgment andor extreme arrogance The tragic flaw also dooms the character to a ruinous end Creon as king of Thebes is at the top of the social ladder He thus already meets one of Aristotles chief criteria Yet not only is he king he is also human and possesses frailties which qualify him to make serious mistakes and he possesses talents which allow him also to excel Hence Creon is neither overly good nor bad It is also written that the tragic heros actions may determine the fates of one or more characters within the tragedy Appropriately Creons station as king place shim in a position of great power influence and responsibility The extent of this power was quite evident when he sentenced Antigone to death for disobeying his proclamation Now we come to what if anything is the single most important component of being a tragic hero Here we have the tragic flaw Creons tragic flaw was his hubris or his pride and arrogance in the face of divine powers His downfall began when he denied the basic divine right of burial to Polyneices and was cemented when he condemned Antigone for her opposition to his
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