Creon as Antigone's Tragic Figure
In Sophocles’ Antigone, Creon clearly fills the role of the tragic figure. He fits all seven of the traits of a tragic hero as defined by Northrop Frye. Two of these traits stand out especially; Creon’s sense of commitment to his decision and his transfiguration after suffering the consequences of his actions.
Creon’s decision to outlaw Polyneices’s burial sets the stage for the tragedy that ensues. He
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will be remembered as a great man.
Through the two traits discussed, sense of commitment and transfiguration, we can see that Creon fills the role of a tragic hero in Antigone. The audience sees his stubborn arrogance in holding to his destructive decision. The audience watches him defend it and attack others for questioning him until he falls, battered and defeated. Then, the audience sees him rise again, wise, redeemed, and recognized as a hero.