The Real Tragic Hero In Sophocles Antigone

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Tragic Hero Essay During the times of 500 B.C., the Greek tragedy of Antigone by Sophocles took place in a Palace. Moreover, it had been a classical Greek tragedy which was quite common in ancient times like these. This specific play was about a King, named Creon and a woman named Antigone, who buried her brother and because it was against the king's law, she got sentenced to death. As times have passed, it has been greatly debated among others who the real tragic hero in Antigone is, but it can clearly be argued it is Antigone. The reason why it can be argued, is because throughout the play she shows how she is loyal to her family and she will not stop being loyal and also how she kills herself instead of suffering.
Throughout the play, Antigone shows her loyalty for her family, one of the ways she does this is by burying her brother knowing it would result in consequences because it was against the law. “ But I will bury him; and if I must die, I say that this crime is holy: I shall lie down with him in death, and I shall be as dear to him as he to me”(1023). Antigone is explaining
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This downfall was learning that she messed up when she finally did not want to get sentenced to death instead she wanted to take her own life. This makes her a tragic hero because a tragic hero has a flaw and also a downfall. “ Ah! That voice is like the voice of death”( 1050)! Creon is talking to Antigone in this part of the play and she yells that his voice is like the voice of death. His voice is killing her because it sounds like death. Another scenario that caused a downfall was her hanging herself, and committing suicide. “ She had made a noose of her fine linen veil and hanged herself”( 1058). The messenger delivers this message that Antigone has committed suicide and hung herself with her own scarf. She did this because she wanted to just end her life immediately instead of suffering from not having food or
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