The Tragic Hero In Sophocles Antigone

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Antigone is a tragedy written by an ancient Greek playwright Sophocles in 441 BC. The play revolves around Antigone’s will of burying her brother Polyneices in defiance of the laws of Creon and the tragic consequences of all her acts during the play. In literature, a tragic hero can be defined as a great or virtuous character in a dramatic tragedy that is destined for downfall, suffering, or defeat. Heroes come in different forms with characteristics that could tend to make people follow them and turn on their side. In Sophocles’ play Antigone, the tragic hero itself is Antigone who is a woman that believes in her desires and will than that of the king’s rules and laws. Antigone is an ideal example to demonstrate the characteristics of a tragic hero as she brings herself a lot of grief.…show more content…
This royalty is established through her bloodline. Her father Oedipus was the former king of Thebes. Her two brothers Polyneices and Eteocles were the ones to rule Thebes after their father Oedipus. This would happen by each brother switching each year. However this did not happen as both the brothers died in a civil war. Then, her uncle Creon was the current king of Thebes. This is one of the aspects that make Antigone hold a high position in the society, however not making her too powerful or too powerless. Due to her downfall, that had vanished too. However, she did have a powerful impact on the society since she was supposed to be married to Creon’s son Haemon. It was conveyed that the whole society had known how tragic Antigone’s life had
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