Creon Antigone Tragic Hero

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Tragic heroes characterize tragedies because they tell the tragic story of those heroes and their tragic flaws. In the book Antigone written by Sophocles, we are met with many characters of the book, and the tragic hero is depicted into two characters, Antigone and Creon. We see the tragic death of Antigone as she took her life in the end of the book, and Creon the king of Thebes, who also faces his tragedy in the book. To begin with, Antigone tells the story that depicts the tragedy of Antigone, who also seems to be the tragic hero. Antigone is the main character, and gets into a conflict that determines her fate. She is defined as the tragic hero because it is her tragedy and she has the tragic flaw of pride. This pride of her gets her into…show more content…
Antigone commits suicide, but as a tragic hero would do she died doing something she thought was right. She went against a leader’s rule, and buried her brother because he was her family. Creon experienced tragedy because his son, Haemon who was in love with Antigone, has killed himself; which leaded up to the suicide of Creon’s wife. “Woe is me! To none else can lay it, this guilt but to me! I, I was the slayer, I say it,” (Sophocles 71). Creon tells the guilt he feels, it shows the burden that lays on the king as he feels as though his free will has led him all to his tragic fate; yet the story depicts Antigone to be the main character and the tragic hero as she herself is the definition that Aristotle depicts as a tragic hero. Antigone has excessive pride, flaws, free will that is led to her fate, and a reversal of judgement. To conclude, the story Antigone brings some thought into the definition of a tragic hero as we are left with characters such as Antigone and Creon. Although, Antigone portrays what it is to be a tragic hero; as she is the main character of the story, and is described to have tragic flaws and a tragic

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