Protagonist Misconceptions Essay

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Tragic hero: a literary character, usually of a high stature, who makes an error in judgment or has a fatal flaw that, combined with fate and external forces, brings on tragedy and enlightenment. Creon could not fit the definition any better. Not only does he commit errors in judgment, but the blind prophet Teiresias predicts his fate. Creon’s unwillingness to change his way of thinking in a timely manner, combined with his god like complex, become his fatal flaws that eventually lead to his tragic downfall. Antigone is simply the catalyst that launches Creon down his catastrophic path. It is not Antigone who is the tragic protagonist of Antigone, but rather, Creon, the ruler of Thebes.
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Later on, Haimon, Creon’s son and Antigone’s fiancé, attempts to persuade his father into dropping the charges. Creon decides to let Ismene go, but unmoved by his son’s plea, he still sentences Antigone to death. Furthermore, after his unsuccessful efforts in reasoning with Creon, Haimon says, “And you will never see my face again./ Go on raving as long as you’ve a friend to endure you.” (Scene 3, Lines 133-134) This passage suggests that Haimon warns his father that he will kill himself if Antigone is sentenced to death. Haimon then goes on to say that Creon can continue doing what he’s doing, but he will end up isolating himself from everyone around him. This speaks true since Creon has put his own family in jail even though no one supports his decisions. Despite everything Haimon tries to tell his father, Creon will not budge. As the tragic protagonist, Creon’s tenacious personality and supremacy complex are his fatal flaws.
Only after Teiresias, the blind prophet, tells Creon of his fate, does Creon let up on his stubbornness. “It is hard to deny the heart! But I/ Will do it: I will not fight with destiny.” (Scene 5, Lines 101-102) Creon finally gives in, but much too late. With his destiny already set in motion, the tragic sequence unfolds. Antigone kills herself, so out of love, Haimon does the same. Destroyed by her son’s death, Creon’s wife kills herself as...

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