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Discuss the perception of Creon as a noble leader and Tragic Hero rather than a merchant of tyranny and an abuser of power. Aristotle's definition of tragedy is "Tragedy is a story taking the hero from happiness to misery because of a fatal flaw or mistake on his part. To be a true tragic hero he must also elicit a strong emotional response of pity and fear from the audience." (Aristotle) Creon fits perfectly into this description of a tragic hero.There have been many controversies regarding the true nature of Creon in the play "Antigone" by Anouilh.In this essay of mine, we shall perceive Creon as a noble man rather than an arrogant tyrant.In my view,Creon was the protagonist while Antigone was undoubtedly the antagonist, the cause of the whole tragedy who caused her own downfall as well as the downfall of Haemon and Eurydice courtesy of her obnoxious and immature behaviour. To prove my point here, I shall start with the fact that Creon hadn't desired power.He was a patron of art, a lover of music, an idealist. ...read more.


Doesn't he deserve to wander around the world in his chains of misdeeds? Creon was a proud and firm man.But does that make him a merchant of tyranny? Many of the readers easily stereotype Creon as a tyrant just because of his decision to execute Antigone. In fact, it had been Antigone's wish to die. Antigone was born to die .It was her fate, her destiny and she wanted to achieve it. It didn't matter to her what she was dying for. In fact, she wasn't aware herself what she was dying for. Polynices' burial was just a pretext, an excuse.When it became invalid, she just found another excuse. She decided to die because she could not accept the basic truth of life that the fires of youthful idealism and passionate love do not burn forever.She wanted a life without any compromises and imperfections.Creon left no stone unturned to convince her to change her attitude but to no avail. This extract provides hardcore evidence about Creon's intentions. ...read more.


Imagery: There are also some instances of use of imagery. For example, the portrayal of Thebes as a ship letting water on all sides.Then, the splitting of the masts and the shredding of the sails by a powerful storm. Irony: Antigone risked her life for a brother who never cared about her. Anachronisms: Artifacts which appear out of place chronologically. 1) At the opening curtain, the guards were playing a game of cards.The game of cards wasn't developed until the 1700s. 2) Polynices was described as a gambler whose only interests were "gambling" and "driving "recklessly.These actions do not seem contemporary of that time. On the whole, I would like to conclude by stating that the doomed outcome was merely a consequence of fate, rather than a result of Creon's tyranny.Tyranny, though said to be an important theme in the play, hardly affected its course.The message of "Antigone," however, can be appreciated by all.Though this fine production conveys the ageless dilemmas of the human condition,it has powerful resonance and significance in this present day.Antigone showed courage in the face of death and Creon, due to his flaws,lost his family making him a true tragic hero. ...read more.

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