Antigone by Sophocles

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In the book Antigone, Creon and Antigone can be considered as the tragic heroes of the play. Antigone is considered the tragic hero because of the characteristics she shows such as her ambition to defeat Creon, Creon shows more of the characteristics clearly. Creon is the king of Thebes. He is also Antigone's uncle. Creon became king after a fight between Eteocles and Polyneices. One may see Creon as a harsh and controlling ruler, but he is not good nor bad because he shows signs of both like when he wanted to give Eteocles a proper burial . Creon is the tragic hero of the Antigone, because of his dominance in society, high rank, tragic flaw; and self-pride. Creon is an antagonist in Antigone he is the bad guy and he opposes certain…show more content…
She is a hero to the people of Thebes. “I think all these people would agree, if fear did not hold their tongues” (Sophocles 520-521). This quote explains how Antigone believes she is a hero and she should be recognized for what she has done and that had the soldiers not been scared of Creon they would have said something to support her. Readers may believe that Antigone was a great and innocent character, and she should be the tragic hero. Finally, readers often assume that since Antigone is the protagonist, then she is the tragic hero. This quote shows an act that makes her the protagonist: “ He has no right to keep me from my own”(Sophocles 49). This quote demonstrates her role as a protagonist, but there is a difference between protagonist and tragic hero. The tragic hero is the protagonist of a tragedy. A tragic hero has the following traits: perfection, a tragic flaw, a noble birth, dominance over society, and the discovery of his or her downfall is was because of his own actions. Creon shows the characteristics of a tragic hero more than Antigone can. Since Creon is the King of Thebes, he is superior to the city. This quote explains this: “ This is a judgment, and never from me will the base take equal honor to the good; but whoever is friendly to this city will in life and death be equally honored by me ” (Sophocles 210-213). This shows Creon’s power. Antigone was

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