The Tragic Criteria Present in Antigone by Sophocles

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A tragic story has its own occur of events. The main factors that always end a tragedy is through conspiracies, love, or hatred. In the story Antigone written by Sophocles, it demonstrates a tragedy filled with consequences to the characters. Antigone shows similarities to Aristotle’s paradigm because of the plot, characterization, and actions that were pursued throughout this story. In Aristotle’s Poetics, he puts his view of how a tragedy should be portrayed to make the concept of it more understandable towards the audience. Through the usages of Aristotle’s criteria it will help analyze topics that demonstrates the views of Aristotle. One criteria that associates with Aristotle’s paradigm is that a character’s thought is what leads…show more content…
Haemon’s death was successful in causing King Creon to realize that he had lost everything. The warning that Haemon gave to his father was ignored and when Antigone died, Haemon made sure that his father would get what he deserved. Another criteria from Aristotle’s paradigm is that pity and fear should be included towards the incidents that occur in a story. One example of that portrays this criteria is when Antigone and Ismene heard about both of their brothers death. It was devastating to know that their brother Polyneices would not get a burial at all because of his crime of waging war against his own country while Eteocles was given the best recognition for saving their country and a proper burial. Antigone wanted both of her brothers to receive a burial, so she decided to go against King Creon’s law of not giving Polyneices a burial. Although this law would mean a death sentence, Antigone was willing to go through with it. When King Creon heard that someone had buried Polyneices’s body, he became furious and wanted that person captured. King Creon discovered that it was Antigone who had disobeyed his rule of not burying Polyneices’s body. This made him pity her and her family, especially Antigone’s father, Oedipus, because he had married his own mother and killed his own biological father. King Creon saw them as a disgrace and it was no surprise that their family was so corrupted. This example demonstrated the pity that King Creon had
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