In the story of Antigone, an argument of who is the main character between
Antigone and Creon exists. I firmly believe Creon is the protagonist of the play due to
his role as the key figure of the entire story and being a the traditional tragic hero in the
end. Creon ends up to be one of those typical fallen heroes in Greek drama. He faces
many conflicts, internally and externally, and undergoes quite a bit of painful emotions.
One might argue Antigone should receive the title of being the main character, but Creon
plays the more significant role by learning his lesson the hard way and ending up to the
classic tragic hero who loses everything at the end of the dramatic play. Anitgone could
be considered the antagonist who had a dispute with Creon until her tragic death. The
main character doesn’t have to the title of the story named after him or her but is the one
with the most interactions with other characters with a tragic ending.
From this Greek tragedy, Creon faces many different conflicts as the king of
Thebes. He ends up losing Antigone, his potential daughter-in-law due to his stubborn
actions and his wife and son through suicide because of Creon’s actions. Antigo
At this point, Haemon gets angry enough to attack Creon but fails to kill his own father. His pride was his downfall like all tragic heroes in a Greek drama. Even though Polyneices was family, Creon considered him an enemy of the state and decided to punish him. When Creon recognizes the error in his judgment to kill Antigone and leaving Polynecies unburied, he tries to save his future daughter-in-law and make right with Polynecies. He let his pride get to him and be his doom as well. After all of the catastrophic events, Creon realizes that he was the blame for all of the dreadful deaths of his family and experiences immense suffering just like other tragic heroes in Greek dramatic plays. He suffered more greatly do to the fact that he was forced to live with his mistakes. He brought his own downfall to himself due to his own arrogance as ruler of Thebes. Just like numerous heroes of Greek drama, one flaw in character brought downCreon at the end. Haemon, Creon"tms son and the fiance of Antigone, hurries into the cave thinking she is dead. Creon is the just ruler for his people by rewarding those who do good and punishing the unjust violators of the law. " Creon shows his noble character again by demonstrating his devotion for the country over anything else. As the sister of Polynices, she breaks Creon"tms law to satisfy the gods, so she tries to do the right thing and buries Polynices. After regretting what he had done, Creon takes his servants to reopen the cave entrance to end up witnessing that Antigone had hanged himself.