Character Analysis Of The Tragic Hero In Sophocles Antigone

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Action, drama, regret and sympathy demonstrate a tragedy. A Greek play written by Sophocles and created in 441 B.C.E. called Antigone portrays a tragedy. In the play Antigone, a character portrays the characteristics of a tragic hero. A tragic hero characterizes a literary character who makes a judgement error that inevitably leads to his or her own destruction. In order for a character to be a tragic hero he or she has to have a flaw or error, nobility, excessive pride, suffers more than he or she deserves, and a reversal of fortune. Many people think that Antigone portrays a tragic hero; however, Creon demonstrates a flaw, nobility, and reversal of fortune. First and foremost, Creon portrays a tragic hero. Creon has nobility and …show more content…
It might seem that Antigone has a reversal of fortune. When Creon and his men go to free Antigone they see, “dark recesses of the tomb we found her… hanged by the neck in a fine linen noose”(1346-1347). Antigone decides to hang herself rather than to starve to death. Antigone just lost her life but Creon lost his whole family because of his decision. Antigone did not go through several pain like Creon did. Creon has to live with the guilt of killing his family. Also, some might say that Antigone has a flaw. Antigone’s stubbornness lead to her doom might be her flaw. When Antigone talks about her plan, Ismene …show more content…
Antigone who demonstrates stubbornness does not listen. Creon shows stubbornness because he does not listen to the warnings given by multiple people like his son and Tiresias. Not only does Creon not listen but because of his stubbornness makes him believe that he has intelligence and no one else does. When Creon demands desperately for death he says, “Wisdom is by far the greatest part of joy, and reverence toward the gods must be safeguarded….at long last those blows will teach us wisdom”(1466-1470). Creon, who at first says that wisdom makes people foolish, now believes that with wisdom a person gains what he or she desires. It teaches people on how to safeguard a person’s life from the gods. Also, The Gods grant Creon life; however, Creon wants death because he has no reason to live. Creon is the main tragic hero of

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