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When a flaw overcomes a person with dignity, honor, and leadership, it becomes tragic. This tragic flaw conquers a man who has great leadership skills, and eventually causes death once it has taken over completely. This man, by definition a Tragic Hero, experiences a downfall from such a flaw. Creon, the Tragic Hero of Antigone, by Sophocles, possesses such a flaw. Of royalty and filled with pride, one of his nephews fought a war with his country. The other fought against it. He decides to not give burial rights to Polynecies, the state's traitor. With a burial, the soul of Polynecies will live on. Without it, it will certainly decay with the body. Creon's tragic flaw ultimately displays itself when he sentences Antigone, ignores Haemon, and rejects the prophet.
The sentencing of Antigone brings the first appearance of Creon's Tragic Flaw. Although against the common law of government but with the moral law of the gods, Antigone decides to bury Polynecies anyway. "I shall lie down with him in death, and I shall be as dear to him as he to me" (p. 941), said Antigone about her brother Polynecies, showing that she was willing to die for the moral law because of the love she had for her brother. Creon's pride forces him to
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