Essay On Antigone Sophocles

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Antigone is a great Greek tragedy by Sophocles. The story is about a young woman who has buried her brother by breaking king’s decree, and now she is punished for obeying God’s law. There are many arguments about who is the tragic hero in Sophocles’ Antigone. Some believe that it is Creon because he also has the characteristics of a tragic hero. Others believe that it is Antigone because the play bears her name. Antigone is the perfect hero, to exemplify the meaning of a tragic hero. In order to determine whether Antigone is the tragic hero, one will have to answer the question, what is a tragic hero? According to Aristotle, “The tragic hero is a character of noble stature and has greatness, he/she is not perfect, the hero's downfall and…show more content…

Creon calls Antigone as a princess even though she is no longer a princess. She has earned a lot of reputation and respect to lose, only because of her high status. People who consider Creon as a tragic hero state that Antigone no longer has a high status in Thebes after her father’s death, so she is not eligible to have a high social position. Although she does not have any social or political power, Antigone is still an influential person in Thebes. The whole city knows that Antigone is going to marry the king’s son, Haemon, and after she is sentenced to death, the city of Thebes knew how tragic her life has become.

Antigone qualifies as a tragic hero because she is not entirely good or bad. Antigone’s negative side is shown when she broke the king’s decree and went to bury Polyneices. Her positive side is seen when she claims Polyneices’s right to be buried in a religious way so that his soul can rest in serenity in the eternal life. Antigone also shows her optimistic side when she tries to defend Ismene after Creons’ guard caught her. In scene 2, Antigone said, “No share in work, no share in death, and I must consummate alone what I began.” Antigone is trying to say that she did the crime by herself and she is responsible for her action but, Ismene was not a part of it, and if Antigone has to die, she will die by herself.

Antigone undoubtedly wins the vehemence of emotion among the audience. The city of

Summary: In Sophocles' classic play "Antigone," Antigone meets the criteria of a tragic hero in a number of ways. She is at once virtuous in the eyes of others and guilty in the eyes of the law; she is willing to face the dire consequences of what she considered to be an honorable act; and she elicits great pity in others because she stands alone in her actions.


Antigone - Tragic Hero

In Sophoclease's well-respected play Antigone, it is easy to see the ways that the main character, Antigone, fits the criteria for a tragic hero. First, like the tragic heros in in Otto Reinert's work, Antigone is virtuous in the eyes of others, yet she is guilty in the eyes of the law. Although the people strongly believe "she should have all the honor [they] can give her," Creon believes that Antigone is "guilty of a double insolence," and will not let her get away with breaking the law. She heard Creon's decree concerning her brother's burial, "and yet [she] dared defy the law," but citizens agree with her actions; if Creon follows through with his sentence for Antigone, the people of Thebes believe that it would be "so shameful a death for a generous act." Antigone also fits Reinert's description because she is vulnerable to law under penalty of death, yet she is great for overcoming the obstacle. Knowing she could die, she still would rather die for burying Polyneices than die a "death without honor," for she believes "that this crime is holy." Full of courage, she is "not afraid of the danger," and even though it means death she demands that "[she] will bring him." Also, like many tragic heros, Antigone arouses great pity because she stands alone in her actions. When she asks Ismene to accompany her in burying Polyneices, her sister replies that she "[has] no strength to break laws" and she "must yield to those in authority." Then, where Antigone criticizes Creon's laws that were made for the public good, "saying they were corrupt and of no sense, he replies, "You are alone in that opinion." These things relate Antigone to the theme of the tragic hero in this play of tragic events and great loss.

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