Creon makes several errors in judgement before the end of Sophocles' Antigone that lead to his downfall. At the end of the play, has Creon become sympathetic?

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After speaking with the blind seer Tiresias, Creon accepts responsibility for angering the gods and proceeds to properly bury Polynices before heading to Antigone's tomb, where he plans on releasing her. When Creon arrives at the tomb, he discovers that Antigone has committed suicide and his son, Haemon, is by her side mourning her death. Haemon then attempts to kill Creon before committing suicide, which fills Creon with grief and remorse. Creon proceeds to carry his deceased son’s body home while admitting that his blind heart has caused the tragedy. A second messenger then arrives to tell Creon that his wife, too, has committed suicide, which influences Creon to pray for death. At the end of the play, Creon is fully aware that he is responsible for the deaths of Antigone, Haemon, and Eurydice.

One could argue that Creon has become sympathetic by the end of the play by accepting responsibility for the tragedy and demonstrating remorse for his actions. As a tragic hero, Creon recognizes...

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