In addition, Antigone has her own struggle, faceing her uncle King Creon, by herself. Moreover, Antigone was declared the death penalty, on behalf of giving her brother funeral honors. This is a very unruly move, because her brother is considered a traitor to the king and people, which ultimately means he shall not be buried. However, it shows King Creon that Antigone would do anything to modify the law, as well as taking her own life, just so her brother has a proper funeral. To emphasize, Antigone responds to King Creon, “ If I die young, I say I’d gain something” (Sophocles 20).
In addition, Antigone has her own struggle, faceing her uncle King Creon, by herself. Moreover, Antigone was declared the death penalty, on behalf of giving her brother funeral honors. This is a very unruly move, because her brother is considered a traitor to the king and people, which ultimately means he shall not be buried. However, it shows King Creon that Antigone would do anything to modify the law, as well as risking herself, just so her brother has a proper funeral. To emphasize, Antigone responds to King Creon, “ If I die young, I say I’d gain something” (Sophocles 20).
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.
When people defend what they believe in or who they love that is sacrifice. In order to be certain that her two brothers she loved had a proper burial and that their souls could rest, Antigone sacrificed her life. Regardless of the potential outcome; even if that means that she was going to have to challenge her uncle (King Creon), she plans on pursuing her quest.
Throughout the entire play Antigone is unafraid of her fate if she defies the king. She did not deny it when King Creon asked her if she really attempted to bury her brother. She referred to death as her fate multiple times. However, King Creon is often presented as someone incapable of seeing reason. He ignores the reason of his niece and a son.
She does not understand why she is being treated so unjustly for trying to do the right thing. The chorus in the play tries convincing Antigone that justice is behaving in accordance to Creon’s laws but Antigone is stubborn and sustains to her convictions. Even though Antigone ends up dying she dies achieving her goal of wanting to bury her brother properly. Mostly everyone in this play goes against what the main character feels is justly because they want to follow the kings laws and they believe she is acting immorally. Antigone is not acting immorally, she is doing the right thing to follow the law of the gods.
Antigone being the one to fight for her beliefs and obeying the god's laws attempts the burial of Polyneices and goes against Creon’s law to prove to him that he’s in over his head that he has too much pride in himself, in lines 15-35 Antigone claims that she is going to go
Antigone’s most important trait is also the fatal flaw that leads to her own demise. Antigone is so loyal ad determined to bury her brother that she would go against the word of the king to do so. It is because of this determination that she antagonizes Creon into sentencing her to death. Sophocles not only portrays Antigone as a tragic hero, but also as a martyr. She believes in something so much that she is willing to go against the law, and in turn die for it.
First of all, she is not a superior character at the start. She also does not really have a tragic flaw, her bad qualities only make her seem annoying and selfish, but do not heavily affect others. Her tragic end also does not occur as a result of her fate. She forces her own glorified end with the attention seeking action of taking her own life. As Katherine Callen King says, “...Antigone as she is lead to her death in punishment for disobeying her uncle’s order”.(Katherine King, The Women’s Review of Books), anything that happened to herself was by her own doing.
Instead she decides to hang her herself inside the tomb which caused her fiance to kill himself then that caused creon's wife to kill herself. Now creon is all by himself and he realized what he has done was not right. “I will suffer nothing as great as death without glory.” Antigone was a tragic hero because she has all the qualities of a tragic hero.
Antigone, a complex character indeed-- many have described her as fiercely brave, tragic heroine, or even, a model of strength for women. Although the events of Antigone do lend easily to these characterizations of Antigone, it is also apparently clear that she possessed self-interested motives behind the burial of her brother, Polynices. She sought glory and honor for her actions, rather than having mere satisfaction from the actions themselves. Throughout the play, Antigone displays a sense of hubris regarding her brave and heroic sacrifice for her brother—the hubris is exacerbated with the repetitive diction, especially the words ‘glory’ and ‘honor’ and Antigone’s constant desperation for the world to know about what she has done.
Antigone believes in her prophecy of death, so she wants to die for her family. Many citizens of Thebes feel bad for Antigone because she and her family are plagued by death. Since Antigone is the tragic hero, she suffers a downfall due to her tragic flaw, living while being bound by
Antigone breaks king Creon’s rules and buries her brother. In doing so she is breaking away from the rule of Creon. She is deciding her own destiny. She ends up getting caught and faces consequences, she put herself in that situation deciding her own fate.
However, Antigone had determination for justice, even when it was her own life at stake. She decided she should not receive special treatment from uncle Kreon and was determined for justice to be sought. She knew the punishment for breaking the law. Antigone hung herself because she was still determined for justice. The person who broke the law needed to be punished fairly, and she thought her punishment was not fair.
She pleases the gods by honoring their wishes and sending Polynices off to the underworld. The benefits that Antigone will receive in the afterlife by burying Polynices are everlasting, whereas the benefits from not burying Polynices would have been mortal and temporary. Antigone would have died whether she buried Polynices or not; her choice, however, ensures that she would be righteous in the eyes of the gods. Antigone’s courage grants her immortality in the sense that she is still well-known thousands of years later. She becomes a martyr for what she believes in through her willing death.