In this conflict Antigone makes decisions based on her conscience and ideals while Creon is the strict law abiding king. She is convinced that her brother Polyneices must be buried because that it is his fate as a Theban to whom the gods guarantee a below ground burial and proper funeral rites. Creon and Antigone did not see eye-to-eye the entire play due to extreme differences. She believes that the gods decreed that all men should be buried upon their death, whereas Creon thinks that Polynices should be charged for treason and anyone who thinks that he should get a proper burial should be sentenced to death. What obligations does he say a leader has when he sees danger to his people? As King of Thebes, Creon is forced to make difficult decisions.
Specifically, Theban Princess Antigone is the orphaned daughter of disgraced Theban monarchs Oedipus and Jocasta. As an example, he tells his son Haemon that Antigone readily can be replaced by another fiancee. But her uncle King Creon decides to change the form … of death. He felt that the Civil law was far more important and superior to Divine law. Specifically, Theban King Creon issues an edict that denies to his perceived enemies divinely sanctioned rights of all Thebans to below ground burials. Oedipus was able to see his faults, much sooner than Creon, though their fate was inevitable.
Creon becomes king and gives Etocles a warrior burial while Polynieces was left for the buzzards. A tragic hero, defined by A Dictionary of Literary, Dramatic and Cinematic Terms, is someone who suffers due to a tragic flaw, or hamartia. She feels that the gods must be obeyed since they rule life through codes of conduct and customized fates for all fates. Throughout the whole play Creon believed the idea that he was above the law of the Gods and his decrees cannot be disputed. Examining the factors that create a Greek Tragedy, and a tragic character, it is clear that the tragic hero is in fact Creon.
He acts as the ruler he is and puts his power to work. It simply isn't a call that he gets to make. Creon becomes increasingly stubborn, eventually showing hubris, which the gods could not ignore for any longer. Creon would be doing the right thing, but it would show that he was wrong in a previous decision and he does not want to admit that he was wrong. Most of the reason he felt this way, was based on the fact that this was his own personal law which he held over the land. But Eteocles does not give up the royal powers at the end of the first year. She could just wait for a moment before committing suicide if she had a bit of self-doubt.
Therefore I ask forgiveness from those below, As I am forced to in these matters, and yield To those who walk with authority. As it is the way of the gods Antigone found it fit to bury her brother causing her to disobey the law of Thebes. When Antigone rebels against his law, he becomes stubborn, close minded and begins to commit hubris. Antigone's brother Eteocles dies loyal to Thebes. Whereas, in Oedipus, he is falsely accused by Oedipus of trying to take over the throne.
Specifically, Theban King Creon decides to sentence his niece, Princess Antigone, to death for burying her brother Poly … neices. But, despite their obvious difference, Creon and Antigone are far more alike than they seem at first glance. But the suicides of Prince Haemon, Antigone's betrothed and Creon's son, and of Queen Eurydice, Haemon's mother and Creon's wife, follow in quick succession. He feels that Eteocles is a worthwhile person who deserves t … o be buried below ground. While the lines were still gray on what to do with Polyneices' deceit, it seemed much more obvious about what action to take after discovering how Antigone had disobeyed him.
Specifically, Theban King Creon sentences his niece, Princess Antigone, to death by live burial and starvation. If she waited, much more King Creon would have rescued her too. Yet the King falls to pieces when Haemon promptly turns around and uses the sword on himself. His pride in his power and abuse of authority was his tragic flaw that ultimately led to his downfall. Ironically, Creon starts accusing everybody of conspiracy, just the way Oedipus accused him. They appear different outwardly but are two of a kind in personality.
Everyone should have pride, but Creon had too much of it and that blinded him. Again, Creon is faced with a hard decision. His ideas have been adopted, disputed, expanded, and discussed for several centuries. He symbolizes in his bureaucratic, practical and competitively suspicious nature the transition from the traditional society of Princess Antigone's family ties, gods and traditions to the modern state of cut-throat competition, godlessness and workaholicism. No mortal truly knows what the Gods want, but Creon believes he does because he cannot imagine that what he believes is wrong, even to the Gods. However, philosophers such as Aristotle tried to find connections between tragic heroes in Greek plays.