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Who do you think is the tragic hero in this play? We had a debate about this in class and I want to know what other people think.

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Huda Aweys Despite his stupidity, but he certainly Creon, he is the one who faced much .. questions, .. consequences .. and knew the tragedy from the beginning, and suffered
Emmanuel Wallart Creon is the more human character, he changed his mind, so he can't be the hero. For a greek, being a hero is to take a décision and not change your mind, even if you've got to die. So Antigone is the hero, and it is the title of the tragedy.
Soledad Li
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conec this is a play about duties - creon is adhering to civic order and what he ought to do as king. antigone's brother, who was a traitor, was denied a proper burial because of his actions against the state. the king is not meant to embrace resistance, so in that respect, he was tending toward his duties.

antigone, on the other hand, has the unwavering determination to bury her brother because that is what is required of her. greek women in this period were responsible for burying family members - if you are interested in that aspect, try reading homer`s odyssey. in homer`s poem, penelope, wife of odysseus, keeps a swath of suitors at bay by knitting a burial shroud for her father in law while her husband, unbeknownst to her, was fucking nymphs and sirens. penelope told her suitors that she would choose from one of them once the shroud was completed, but at night she would undo the knitting she did in the day. eventually they caught on.

antigone, who had lost already her parents and other brother, was left with only her sister, ismene. antigone's duty was to the underworld. ismene advised antigone not to challenge men`s authority, because they are stronger, it was senseless, and it would mean death. however, antigone, fully aware of the consequences, would rather bury her brother and die than to allow his body to remain desecrated.

i guess roughly 100 years later, thucydides, in the melian dialogue, lays out the rule that the strong do as they can and the weak suffer what they must. of course, his dialogue dealt with the peloponnesian war, but it is known that he was influenced by tragedies. this text is regarded as the original piece of political realism - maybe you could view ismene as being realistic.

i think it is also important to bear in mind that creon, being king, had somewhat of an easy way out. if there was any disapproval of his decisions, all he would really have to do is to apologize and move on. he did come to his senses and decide not to kill her, but it is completely wrong to consider that it was by antigone`s own doing that creon changed his mind. he changed his mind after being counseled by his son and others. that being said, he listened to other men. before this scene, if you pay attention to the chorus, it has a line about a wise ruler being open to good counsel.

Elizabeth Nichols
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Renard Antoine I would certainly maintain that Creon is the true tragic hero because of his attitude towards fate: he is completely caught off guard by his own destiny, but Antigone is less the victim of fate because even if she doesn't entirely engineer her fate, her actions are her own and her decision to bury her brother despite the known consequences did not involve resisting, but working with (and accepting) fate. Moreover, I believe that Creon's downfall, though it can be viewed as the focus of the play, happens through Antigone's downfall, as she drags him down with her. The tragic irony in this stems from Creon's explicit misogynistic sentiments-- that is, he thinks to avoid being bested by a woman and is instead ruined by her. However, if one defines a tragic hero based on whether they pursue an unchanging course of action or belief, then certainly Antigone, as she remains firm in her decision to honour her brother's corpse--Creon, on the other hand, changes his mind and is therefore not so firm in his beliefs and not as ill-fated as Antigone, whose fate is necessarily death (again, however, it remains something she chose and agreed with, which perhaps renders it even more tragic).
Murimi Kinyua Creon. He wants to outgrow humanism in his leadership and hence in that context become a heroic leader as seen in his first speech as king.
"....and as for the man who sets private friendship above public welfare, I have no use for him either."
For this course,he is so committed that he even defies Tieresias, the blind seer who carries the message of the gods.He fails terribly and ends up loosing his loved ones. He looses his kindom
Sam The only person who fulfills the requirements of a tragic hero is Creon. He had a moral flaw that led his untimely downfall, he was a superior figure, and he was able to identify that flaw and attempt to fix it.
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