The Tragedy of Creon in Antigone

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Sophocles' Antigone presents a constant struggle between the laws of men versus the laws of the gods. Creon is so swallowed by his own pride that his viewpoint cannot be trusted. The Chorus, whose bias changes with the story, elucidates a more accurate perception of the play. Creon is the tragic hero of Antigone as a result of his irreverence towards the gods, leading to the death of his family. Unlike other Greek tragedies in …

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…is underscored by the Chorus’ final words of the play, “The mighty words of the proud are paid in full / with mighty blows of fate…” (lines 1468 and 1469) This integration of the concepts of pride and dismal fate sums up Creon’s tragic destiny. With the knowledge that his pride and actions caused the deaths of those he loves, Creon is fated to a life alone, made wise too late, thus making him our tragic hero.