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As is the nature of tragedy, the tragic hero Creon blames himself for causing the deaths of his son, wife, and niece. He says to the Chorus Leader:
Lead me away, I pray you; a rash, foolish man; who have slain thee, ah my son, unwittingly, and thee, too, my wife-unhappy that I am! I know not which way I should bend my gaze, or where I should seek support; for all is amiss with that which is in my hands,-and yonder, again, a crushing fate hath leapt upon my head.
The Leader (Choragos) adds, as a kind of exemplum:
Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness; and reverence towards the gods must be inviolate. Great words of prideful men are ever punished with great blows, and, in old age, teach the chastened to be wise.
So, Creon achieves wisdom through suffering. It takes the deaths of the three most important family members in his life for him to realize his stubbornness and pride. Like Oedipus in Oedipus Rex, he accepts the responsibility for his actions, citing his moral blindness: "I know not which way I should bend my gaze." Like Oedipus, Creon chooses to live with his suffering rather than commit suicide. In this way, Creon serves as a model tragic hero.
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