6 September 2012
Escaping the Fates
1. With high power and arrogance it is easy to loose sight and fall to a harmatia but when one has done so they must realize and accept their wrongful actions.
2. Reason #1: With more experience than others it is easy to Sercombe to things such as wealth and power and Creon did just that.
A. “Eteocles, who died as a man … is to be buried with full military honors … Polyneices, I say, is to have no burial” (1).
1. Creon is trying to state that one man died more of a hero than the other when they both died the same way within the battle.
2. Creon used his high power to do wrong ...view middle of the document...
3. With dictated thinking the outcome is only based off the highest power, which can easily be persuaded.
3. Reason #2. Harmartia: error of judgment. It’s easy to ever look and not realize when a person has so much power.
A. “Arrest Ismene. I accuse her equally” (2).
1. Creon without even knowing all of the details accuses Ismene along with her sister of the crime when in fact Ismene had nothing to do with it.
2. The term for Creon’s decision would be a harmatia. Back then used for error of judgment.
3. Harmatia; error of misjudgment could cause one in high power to fall.
B. “Let him do, or dream to do, more than a man can” (3).
1. Creon does not believe Haimon’s threat to die with his bride so he lets him leave.
2. The misjudgment of Haimon’s suicide causes Creon to realize he did not full fill his responsibility as a king and as a father.
4. Reason #3. With misjudgment, comes and outcome no matter what.
A. “Nothing you can say can touch me anymore. My own blind hear has brought me from darkness to final darkness” (Exodos).
1. Creon explains that nothing anyone can say would be able to help. His is at his bottom and there is no way out.
2. When realizing what should have been done instead Creon accepts that the death of his son and his wife was his fault.
B. “I have been rash and foolish. I have killed my own son and wife” (Exodos).
1. Creon finally takes responsibility for the death of his wife and son.
2. With realization, acceptance and remorse Creon fits the definition of a tragic hero.