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A tragic hero according to Aristotelian definitions is a highly renowned and prosperous character This figure is not perfect and has to be on some level responsible for his or her downfall The heros punishment usually exceeds the crime By the end of the play this hero recognizes his or her own error or flaw and accepts the overwhelming retribution Through this experience he or she finally gains wisdom According to Aristotle tragedy has two special effects First the tragic hero should arouse the emotions of pity andor terror Secondly the audience should have a sense of resolution at the end of the tragedy These two results are achieved in the story of Antigone Surprisingly it is not Antigone who is the tragic protagonist of Antigone but Creon the ruler of Thebes This fact is quite evident through Creons belief in his own freedom excessive pride and his path from ignorance to knowledge In Antigone Creons belief in his own freedom cause him to be arrogant and self-righteous He believes that he will always make the right decision and feels that he can accept the outcomes of his choices Creon thinks that he is the sole determiner of his fate He doesnt believe that the gods have any impact on his life so he makes his decisions according to his beliefs He doesnt listen to what other people say and he thinks that he is always right He is determined to stay true to what he believes in and it causes him much pain and suffering Creons excessive pride brings about his tragic downfall His pride and stubbornness blind him from the possibility that he could be wrong Creon doesnt listen to Tiresias when he predicts disaster in the future He doesnt listen to what Antigone has to say he does not listen to his son Haemon Creon thinks that his decision is the right one and stands by it no matter what
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