Creon’s tragic flaw, hubris, causes his downfall
In "Antigone" the tragic hero is Creon. He suffers because of his flaw: pride. He cannot imagine that anyone else can be right. He is too inflexible and narrow in outlook to heed criticism or admit a mistake. At the close of the play, Creon recognizes and accepts his guilt, but the consequences of his acts can no longer be changed.
Creon will not listen to anyone.
A tragic hero is defined in most cases as a literary character of great stature whose moral defect leads to tragedy but some self-awareness brings the character to make the right decision (World Literatures). That is why although Antigone portrays many characteristics of a tragic hero, the real tragic hero of this play is Creon. A tragic hero in the Greek world is very different from our perceptive of a hero in the modern world. When today’s society thinks of a hero they think of superpowers and modern heroes such as Spiderman, Superman, and ect... A tragic hero is an 'above average' person, who still has very human flaws and therefore performs very “un-heroic” actions. The hero part takes place in the realization of the wrongs they have done and the attempt to strive for the betterment of themselves because of it. The Tragic Hero often takes a little more than he can handle, and this always leads to their ultimate suffering, which in this time era was most often death. In the Greek play Antigone, by Sophocles, Antigone is often mistaken to be the tragic hero. After all, the play is named after her. However, after reading through the entire play, this is not the case. The genuine tragic hero is Creon, as his power, actions, and flaws are what set the tragedy into a downward spiral. What Antigone lacks is remorse for her actions. A huge part of being a tragic hero is knowing the wrong-doing and showing remorse for the act weather it be criminal or on an immoral level.