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Creon as Antigones Tragic Figure In Sophocles Antigone Creon clearly fills the role of the tragic figure He fits all seven of the traits of a tragic hero as defined by Northrop Frye Two of these traits stand out especially Creons sense of commitment to his decision and his transfiguration after suffering the consequences of his actions Creons decision to outlaw Polyneicess burial sets the stage for the tragedy that ensues He regards Polyneices as an enemy of Thebes and sees no reason to honor his death He remains dedicated to the decree in opposition to convincing arguments from Antigone Haemon and Teiresias The first and most passionate challenge brought against Creaons edict comes from Antigone Her blatant disregard of his orders stun Creon He holds fast in his arrogance despite Atigones protest Antigone It was not Zeus who published this decree Nor have the Powers who rule among the dead Imposed such laws as this upon mankind Nor could I think that a decree of yours - A man - could override the laws of Heaven ll 450-454 Creon ignores the insight of her comment and likens Antigone to nothing more than a wild horse and a slave ll 477-479 By disregarding her observation he shows us that he truly does believe his word can refute that of the gods He is set in his belief that his authority overrides the importance of spiritual tradition and divine order The second passionate challenge to Creons decision is his own son Haemon attempts to offer his father advice rather than directly challenging him but a fierce argument ensues Haemon acts as an advocate for himself his fiance and the people of Thebes He presents the most logical case for the reversing of Creons dictum Haemon The city mourns this girl No other woman So they are saying so undeservedly Has been condemned
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