Creon, the Tragic Hero

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In the story of Antigone, an argument of who is the tragic hero between Antigone and Creon exists. I firmly believe Creon is the tragic hero of the play. Creon becomes the typical fallen hero in Greek drama. He faces many conflicts, internally and externally, and undergoes quite a bit of painful emotions. One might say Antigone should receive the title of being the tragic hero, but Creon plays a more significant role by learning his lesson the hard way and ending up as the classic tragic hero who loses everything at the end of the dramatic play.
There has always been much controversy between who the tragic hero is in the play. A tragic hero is a literary character who makes an error of judgment or has a fatal flaw that, combined with
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Creon refuses to believe what Haemon says and gets into an argument with him for siding with Antigone. Creon presumes that he is the one and only perfect ruler for Thebes. He believes that he can create a better city with his presence: "I would not be silent if I saw ruin. I would not count any enemy of my country as a friend," (Antigone 185). Creon further continues by stating "I will make her greater still," (Antigone 193). In this quote Creon declares that he will improve the city by his rulings.
Creon describes how his qualities make him a good ruler; he believes he has the best attributes and qualities to rule the city, and he feels that no one can compare to him as a ruler. This theory is dissected by Graves in his book The Greek Myths: 2. Creon’s ego adds to his eventual downfall because of his feeling of superiority over the people. He feels he has no time for ordinary people because he is of higher standards. When Creon says "I will not comfort you with hope that the sentence will not be accomplished," (Antigone 498) this shows his absolute lack of compassion when he is talking with Antigone.
Creon later notices that he had a weakness, in which he tries to correct, but is too late in doing so. His weakness is that he does things on impulse. He never really sits down and thinks about his actions; instead he just says what comes to mind. Creon says "you will never marry her while she lives," (Antigone 750) right after his first discussion about

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