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The Hubris of a Hero The play Antigone by Sophocles is a play like no other Its central theme is a practical problem of conduct involving the laws of the gods and those of the humans Antigone represents the laws of the gods while Creon represents those of the humans Both characters are very stubborn neither of them willing to back down or compromise Both sides are committed to their own reasoning and disinclined to listen to other points of view Because of the hubris or overweening pride of each of the characters destruction descends upon them Antigones destruction comes from her being to stubborn to back down but Creons downfall comes from attempting to be just and right by enforcing the law Since Creon acted as he thought right and just then suffered tragedy because of an error he made he displays the image of a tragic hero Creon has assumed the throne and has the hard task of bringing a divided city together which has lost three kings relatively fast King Oedipus dies and his two heirs fight each other for the crown resulting in both of their deaths Creon wants to make sure he becomes a respected and somewhat feared ruler so that he can keep everyone in line One stubborn rebel who gets what their after could tear apart the kingdom Now naturally there is no way to tell the character and mettle of a man until youve seen hem govern Nevertheless want to make it plain I am the king of man who cant and never could abide the tongue-tied ruler who through fear backs away 198 He does not want to begin his reign by issuing a decree and then rescinding it the moment a conflict arises Creon flawlessly fits Aristotles image of a tragic hero According to Aristotle a hero is a man who is not eminently good and just yet
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