scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 1,915
Tragedy is a word used to described the death of John F Kennedy starvation in South Africa massacres in Afghanistan and Algeria hurricane damage traffic accidents divorce plant closings and layoffs low GRE scores even cancelled theatre plays What do all these events have in common Well to some extent they all involve human suffering And thats what tragedy is all about At least thats what classic play writers like Shakespeare believed in According to Aristotle there are 5 basic criteria regarding the tragic hero Aristotles ideas about tragedy were recorded in his book of literacy theory titled Poetics In it he has a great deal to say about the structure purpose and intended effect of tragedy His ideas have been adopted disputed expanded and discussed for several centuries In this essay I will examine these criteria in regards to Antigones Creon King of Thebes The first criterion states that to be a tragic hero Creon must occupy a high status position but must also embody nobility and virtue as part of his innate character Creon fits this description quite accurately We know at the beginning of the play that Creon is King of Thebes Therefore he occupies a stature of nobility Furthermore Creons innate character embodies virtue and nobility For example when talking to the Chorus at the beginning of the play Creon says anyone thinkinganother man more a friend than his own countryI rate him nowhereI would not be silent if I saw ruin not safetyI would not count any enemy of my country as a friend Lines 202-210 His standards are set to the point where he would put his country above all
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA