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Creon as the Tragic Hero In Antigone written by Sophocles Creon is the tragic hero Creon is the tragic hero because of his error in judgement stubborn way of ruling Thebes his change and all the tragedy brought on by his actions Although Creon changed only when a messenger told him there would be a tragic ending because of all his actions he did try to correct what he had done Creon ordered that Polyneices body be left out to be eaten by vultures andwhile dogs because Polyneices rebelled against his brother Esteocles rule in Thebes In this incident both Polyneices and Esteocles the ruler of Thebes were killed Creons stubborn way of ruling influenced everything that occurred because of him giving Esteocles a formal burial and leaving Polyneices body out to be eaten Antigone the sister of Polyneices and Esteocles thought it was wrong that Esteocles had a formal burial and Polyneices was left out to be eaten by wild dogs and vultures Antigone then decided it was her duty to bury Polyneices so she disobeyed Creons decree and covered Polyneices body with dirt and wine Unfortunately Antigone was caught in the act of burying Polyneices so Creon sentenced her his own sons finance to be put into a stone vault to die of starvation and for Polyneices body to be uncovered Then a messenger came and told Creon that there would be a tragic ending because of his error in judgement Creon then quickly ordered Antigone to be freed and Polyneices to be buried but he was too late In the meantime a messenger told Eurydice Creons wife that her son Haimon was dead and that his death was caused by Creons actions Eurydice killed herself because the son she loved most was dead In the meantime Creon discovered that Polyneices body had been eaten by vultures and wild dogs so he quickly went to the vault Antigone was put
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