In the world of Sophocles’s Antigone and Oedipus death seems like the only option when anything goes poorly. Instead of being able to deal with the pain of the death of your family, you kill yourself. Your cat died, kill yourself. You failed your math test, welp your life has no potential so you better kill yourself. You lost your pencil, you set yourself up to fail so you better just die now because you will never get anywhere.
While all of that was a pretty big exaggeration, in Antigone “Kreon has shown there is no greater evil than men’s failure to consult and to consider.” While tragedy is supposed to bring about a “happy” realization amidst a disaster if people just waited and thought about things not as many people would die!!!!!!!!!! I understand that they realized through all the deaths that Kreon could change, and if he had changed earlier nobody would be dead.
Kreon blames all the death on himself and his lack of change, but if people could just stop and talk about things before they react then things could have ended differently. If everyone had paused and waited about five minute Kreon would have changed his ways and everyone would still be alive. I guess that this also could be another lesson amidst the tragedy, take time to think before reacting irrationally.
There are many shared themes in tragedies to help bring about the “happy” realization at the end. While these characteristics-death, fights, and drama-may become a little too much for readers over time yet they are needed to create a tragedy.