In the play Antigone, there is some disagreement on who the tragic hero is. While some claim it to be Antigone, she is merely the title. The real answer is Creon, whose storyline almost perfectly emulates the definition of a tragedy. While he begins high and mighty, ruler of Thebes, his own personality and mistakes bring his downfall. Antigone continues irritating Creon, eventually leading to her death.
Antigone is a play that was written by Sophocles which is about a tragic hero. What is a tragic hero? A tragic hero is a person who has a flawed characteristic which makes him fall; he must try to resolve a conflict but ends up failing. The play Antigone by Sophocles makes it hard for the readers to decide who is the tragic hero. Creon best fits in with the definition of a tragic hero.
The tragedy, Antigone by Sophocles is a well developed take on the fight between who is applicable to be the protagonist of a story. In most stories, plays, poems, written works in general from the first literary works discovered surrounded the Hero’s Journey. The tragedy of Antigone is the one play that seems to accept Joseph Campbell’s theory but master the ideals of a protagonist but still battle for the position at the same time. It’s more or less a toss up to put it simply, but there are strong events and decisions within the tragedy that unfolds somewhat who the antagonist and protagonist is. Similar to the characters in Finding Nemo, Nemo and his father, Marlin, are a debatable pair in deciding who is the lead in the film.
Antigone is one of the greatest tragedies ever written by Sophocles. There is a controversial question about this play: Who is the tragic hero? Could it be Antigone or Creon? Even though the play’s name is Antigone, but as I read the story. A sensible and responsible king, Creon, is a tragic hero because of his power madness, self-righteousness, and ruthlessness.
The play Antigone by Sophocles, translated by Paul Roche, was first performed in 441 BC focuses on the life of Antigone who is the daughter to the ex-rulers of Thebes. She has 1 other sister who is not supportive since she is manipulated by her uncle Creon who now rules after her 2 brothers killed each other in a fight for the throne. Creon and Antigone are the protagonist and antagonist who don’t seem to get along very well despite being related. Creon believes one thing and is very firm on his beliefs, while Antigone’s thoughts contradict to what Creon’s beliefs are, leading to both of them butting heads with each other and in the ultimate death of Antigone. During the play, the reader can rightfully assume that Creon is the tragic hero because he definitely has the most character growth throughout the play, although; it is very difficult to notice because of his pride and his tragic flaws.
In Poetics by Aristotle, he defines the main components of a tragedy. It is as an “imitation of an action that is serious and also, as having magnitude,” and contains “incidents arousing pity and fear.” Antigone follows these core necessities and is classified as a Greek tragedy. The plot of Antigone follows Antigone’s inner-battle between loyalty to her family versus loyalty to her country. After learning both her brothers died in battle, she explains to Ismene, “It’s our brothers: Kreon, honoring one and casting the other out” (26-27).
In the classic play by Sophocles, Antigone is a tragic story of the bold Antigone who defied her uncle, King Creonʻs, edict by burying her brother, Polyneices, who died attacking the city of Thebes, trying to take the power away from their brother, Eteocles, who refused to share the throne with Polyneices. Even though Antigone knew that going against Creon and burying her brother would not end well for her, she still choose to risk her life to do what is right. After being caught breaking the law, Antigone is appointed to be locked away, isolated in a cave until she dies, but she hangs herself at the end. At the same time, things for Creon are not looking good, as everyone around him seems to be against him in his decision for punishing Antigone. Everyone Creon cares about kills themselves from a curse that is put on Creon for not following the Godsʻ laws.
Antigone recognizes her error, accepts its tragic consequences and is humbled. She states “This girl is guilty of a double insolence, breaking the given laws and boasting of it.” scene 2, line 80. She is called out by creon to get punished for the crime she committed. Antigone is breaking the law just to get what she wants.
Antigone is the Best Tragic Hero Antigone is the leading tragic hero because her flaws show how she is stubborn and consistent. When someone is consistent it is easier for the reader to predict the characters doing. Antigone is being stubborn and wanting to bury Polyneices. She states here, “ Creon is not strong enough to stand in my way.
Antigone is a Shakespearean tragedy which always presents a person whose main purpose is to act as a moral compass for a main character and a main character cursed by fate and hold a tragic flaw. In this story, Antigone is the center topic of the story. With a role of the first woman to rebel against the norms of society, Antigone continues to act in ways she believed was morally correct. Although she is characterized by morality, her unfortunate bloodline fails to escape her true destiny of death. By constructing detailed characters and elaborating the plot structure of a tragic story, Sophocles ultimately creates important themes with plot elements, symbolism, characterization, and historic relevance.