Catharsis in antigone essays

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Greek tragedy is meant to purge the audience’s emotion and teach them. Creon, then fulfils this purpose well. This leads me to the conclusion that actually, he is the main tragic character, as he makes many decisions which could have led him either towards his tragedy or away from it, but ultimately he led himself to tragedy. This keeps the audience guessing and heightens catharsis, while Antigone’s fate was quite obvious from the beginning where she says “If I die for it, what happiness!” There is also a larger capacity for learning as Creon, having been punished and learning a very hard lesson, teachers the audience as well. He is left alive, which allows the audience to empathise more because his grief is evident when he carries his son’s body out of the palace. While Antigone is indeed a tragic character with a tragic fate, it is arguable that Creon is in fact, more tragic.

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Greek tragedy is meant to purge the audience’s emotion and teach them. Creon, then fulfils this purpose well. This leads me to the conclusion that actually, he is the main tragic character, as he makes many decisions which could have led him either towards his tragedy or away from it, but ultimately he led himself to tragedy. This keeps the audience guessing and heightens catharsis, while Antigone’s fate was quite obvious from the beginning where she says “If I die for it, what happiness!” There is also a larger capacity for learning as Creon, having been punished and learning a very hard lesson, teachers the audience as well. He is left alive, which allows the audience to empathise more because his grief is evident when he carries his son’s body out of the palace. While Antigone is indeed a tragic character with a tragic fate, it is arguable that Creon is in fact, more tragic.

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