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A Tragic Hero: "Antigone" By Sophocles

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Everyone needs a hero, someone to look up to and to admire. Most literary heroes are recognized by great courage, strength, and nobility. However, heroes in tragedy are identified through qualities that tend to differ from the idea of a typical hero. Having a reversal in fortune, taking responsibility for one's actions, and having a catharsis are all qualities that tragic heroes are thought to possess. In Sophocles' "Antigone", Creon is the character that best exhibits the characteristics that define a tragic hero. Creon undergoes a reversal in fortune, takes responsibility for his actions, and has a catharsis, and therefore is the true tragic hero of Antigone.Creon undergoes a reversal in fortune by starting out as a king with power and authority and eventually losing everyone he loves. In the beginning of the play, Creon has just become King of Thebes. He has power, wealth, and happiness and is prepared to take on the world. When Creon gives his acceptance speech, he is eager to be a worthy king, proudly accepts his status. "The throne and Kingdom which I now possess / ...authority and rule" (140, 143). He is confident that he will be an exceptional king. Creon is proud of his new title which is indicated when he talks of the "Throne and kingdom" as well as the "Authority and rule" which he now possesses. Most would agree that at this point Creon had much to be proud of; he was the King of Thebes and had a faithful wife as well as a capable son. Later in the play, Creon condemns Antigone to her death, and does not rethink his actions until he is warned by the blind prophet Teiresias that the gods will punish him. By the time Creon reaches Antigone, both she and Creon's son, Haemon, have committed suicide. When the messenger brings Creon's wife the news, she commits suicide as well. Creon now finds himself alone: no wife, no son, no family at all. "What fate awaits me now? / My child in my arms...and there, the other... / the son...the mother..." (1135-1137). Creon realizes that in protecting his title, he has lost the only two people he ever truly cared for, his son and his wife. He is unable to grasp the fact that he now has no family. Creon refers to his wife as "the other..." because she was the only other person he cared for besides his son, and now she was dead as well. He has lost his family and now he feels there is no purpose for his life. "I am nothing. I have no life" (1164). In this quote, Creon is talking about how his life is now worthless, without a family to love. He has "no life" because his title means nothing to him if his loved ones are gone. Without a family, Creon feels he has nothing to live for. Creon has gone from having everything he had ever wanted, to having no wife, no son, and nobody to love. However, Creon does not commit suicide himself because he feels he deserves the punishment of having to live without a family. Generally, someone who has gone through such an unfortunate turn in events and does not give in to...

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