Antigone: Who is the more tragic character; the title character or Creon?

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The play Antigone by Greek writer Sophocles is based on tragedy. Some, however, cannot seem to make up their minds about who they think was the more tragic character: Antigone or Creon. I believe that Antigone and Creon were both tragic characters, but Creon was slightly more tragic because of his stubbornness, pride, and position of power.

Antigone and Creon were both stubborn. Antigone was stubborn in her beliefs, and Creon was stubborn in refusing to see the error in his ways, and refusing to back down. In Scene 5, Creon stated to Teresias, ".....Speak: Whatever you say, you will not change my will" (l.74).

Creon and Antigone also had pride, but in very different ways. Antigone had pride in her family because she went to any lengths to bury Polynecies. Creon obviously showed no pride in his family whatsoever because of how he chose to punish Antigone. However, he did take great pride in making sure all of his laws were followed, no matter what the circumstances were. For example, in Scene 2, Creon was outraged when the Sentry informed him that someone had buried Polynecies. "I swear by God and by the throne of God, The man who has done this thing shall pay for it! Find that man, bring him here to me, or your death Will be the least of your problems. I'll string you up alive, and there will be certain ways to make you discover your employer before you die" (l.135-140)

Creon was king. His position of power gave him a lot of say in what happened in the city, and he wanted to have everything his own way. In a confrontation with his son, Hamion, Creon argued, "My voice is the one giving orders in this city!" and "The state is...