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When Creon is castigated by tiresias and asks choragos what is to be done, the leader replies: “Free the damsel from her vault.” Choragos is only saying what we know is the moral thing to do. But Creon goes to first bury the body of polyneices so that he arrives at the tomb too late. Why does creon stop first to bury Polyneices?
Showing a change in ideology, Creon goes to bury Polyneices first because he realizes his tragic flaw and learns from it. Correcting the flaw, Creon buried Polyneices first because he must atone for his previous acts. Creon, at the beginning of the play, believed that civil law is above moral law; however, at the end of the play, Creon learns from his flaw and places the moral law above civil law, burying Polyneices. If Creon went to antigone first he would be showing atonement toward her, but he must show atonement to the gods, thus he buried Polyneices first.
After the tragedy in the vault, Creon brings back on stage the body of Haimon, but not the body of antigone. the play’s central character is supposed to be Antigone. Why is she forgotten?
Creon needs to gain wisdom from his tragic flaw, without external help from others. Creon brings Haimon’s body out instead of Antigone’s because Haimon was not only a death resulting from Creon’s tragic flaw but also the death the brings Creon his wisdom of the tragic flaw. The action of carrying out Haimon is a symbol; it is symbolic of Creon carrying the burden of his tragic flaw. Creon goes to Haimon first because he recognizes his tragic flaw. The death of Antigone was a death of grief; however, the death of Haimon is the result of Creon’s tragic flaw.
When Creon has exonerated Ismene and reaffirmed his sentence on Antigone, Choragos asks what form of punishment he will inflict. Creon tells him that Antigone is to be locked in a vault with a small amount of food. She will die of starvation. But the original decree proclaims that the punishment is death by stoning. Why did Creon change his sentence?
Although Creon takes responsibility to make Antigone suffer, his tragic flaw takes over without him realizing, and he begins to suffer from his tragic flaw. Showing irony, the audience can see Creon’s tragic flaw but he doesn't realize it. Creon, whose actions are being controlled by his tragic flaw, denies the gods on ln 154-160 1024 when he implies that no gods are above him. creon believes that changing his sentence and sending Antigone into the vault washes his hands from the situation; however, if Antigone dies in public it shows Creon’s direct involvement.
Creon is the character who must learn the errors of his thinking, but he is allowed to live at the conclusion of the tragedy. if Creon is guilty of immoral pride, why does Sophocles have the innocent Haimon and Eurydice die?
Because Creon is the tragic hero, he must gain wisdom from suffering, the deaths of Haimon and Eurydice, to fully learn his lesson. Sophocles wants the audience to learn from the deaths because the deaths effectively drive the catharsis. The catharsis, the most essential component of a greek tragedy, is nonexistent without the the deaths of Haimon and Eurydice. Haimon and Eurydice are foils; they, through comparison and contrast, show the flaws in other characters. The deaths of Haimon and Eurydice allows the audience to not only see Creon’s tragic flaw but also learn from Creon’s tragic flaw.