Antigone Hero Analysis

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As I read the play of Antigone by Sophocles, I wondered many things, but I wondered why Antigone is the "hero" of this tragedy? What is so heroic about her act, insight and principle throughout this story? While thinking about these things of Antigone I began to wonder why Sophocles made Antigone the role of being the hero, why not someone else, such as Creon? We learn and hear of Creon throughout this story, and though the reader sees him as the opposite of Antigone, I felt that there was much more to the man and I really want to see where the conclusion takes us as we think of how both Antigone and Creon as the “hero” of this story. Let 's see if we can see Creon as the hero, and why did Sophocles call the story “Antigone” instead of “Creon”? …show more content…
The war between the two brothers was something unexpected in the town of Thebes, therefore, both Antigone and Creon had different opinions about Polyneices and the war between the brothers. Antigone certainly does not pick sides, and we can see it as we read this passage on page twenty-two, Antigone explains this to her sister Ismene. “Creon will give the one of our two brothers honor in the tomb; the other none. Eteocles, with just observance, treated, as law provides he has hidden under earth to have full honor with the dead below. But Polyneices’ corpse who died in pain, they say he has proclaimed to the whole town that none may bury him and none bewail, but leave him, unwept, untombed, a rich sweet sight for the hungry birds’ beholding and devouring.” As Antigone explains this to her sister, we see where she is having trouble with only one of her brothers getting buried, and the other one getting nothing. Although Antigone did not agree with Polyneices actions, she did not only blame the tragedy on Polyneices, both of the brothers were at fault, they killed each other, Polyneices did not just kill Eteocles, Eteocles killed Polyneices. They both died that day, and she does not think it is right for only one of them to get the blame for the …show more content…
Antigone’s story is put forth, we see that she is determined to bury the body of her brother, where Creon’s story is a little bit hidden, he is trying to be king of Thebes while still trying to punish the dead. He saw this man as the terrorizer of his town and the killer of his ruler, so he feels that he should not be put to rest in peace. It is very clear to the reader that Antigone was a heroic person, she was set in her ways and she would take any punishment or even death before she would suffer from the guilt of not burying her beloved brother. Creon was somewhat of a hero as well. He was making the killer of his king and destructor of his city to pay, even if he was already dead. Therefore, Creon and Antigone are different people, they have different perspectives, and they had different relationships with Polyneices. Creon was only looking after his town, he viewed Polyneices as the problem, while Antigone viewed him as her brother, and thus is what makes them two different heroes in this story. Sophchels made Antigone the obvious "hero" of this story because her story had a lot more depth, and as I said when you have a hero, you have a villain and Sophocles put Creon’s actions and words into that

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