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Antigone As A Tragic Hero Essay

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The play Antigone by Sophocles shows the main character, Antigone, as a tragic hero. In the play, Antigone wants to honor her brother, Polyneices, who died on the battlefield, by burying him properly. Yet, Creon forbids anyone to bury Polyneices or the punishment is death. In this situation, Antigone shows that she is elevated, basically good, has a downfall from fate, and struggles heroically, making her a tragic hero. Antigone as a tragic hero demonstrates that even in ancient times heroes were admired and commonly talked about in stories, even to this day. In the play, Antigone has an elevated place in society. Antigone and her sister Ismene are daughters of Oedipus, and nieces of Creon, the king of Thebes. Oedipus saved the city and this allowed for his daughters to have higher social rankings. “When Oedipus saved our city and then again When he died and you remained with steadfast truth To their descendants” (ll 186-188). Oedipus’ achievement make Antigone and Ismene elevated in society. Antigone is basically good, constantly fighting for her brother, Polyneices. Despite Creon’s orders, Antigone insists that Polyneices deserves a proper burial. Creon decrees, “I here proclaim to the…show more content…
Antigone knows the punishment for burying her brother is death, but she is selfless and still buries Polyneices. Antigone expresses her dedication and love to Polyneices by saying, “I myself will bury him… I shall be A criminal- but a religious one. The time in which I must please those that are dead Is longer than I must please those of this world.”(ll 82-87). Shortly after burying him, Antigone takes her own life, not wanting Creon to win the war over Polyneices’ body. Antigone’s suicide prompts a string of deaths caused by grief from Antigone’s passing, allowing Creon to realize what courage and selflessness Antigone possesses through committing suicide for her values and devotion to her
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