Greek Tragic Hero In Anti Rande, By Sophocles Antigone

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In the story of “Antigone,” written by Sophocles, there are many different characters all with their own unique impact. With having many characters like Sophocles does, it may become difficult for some readers when trying to determine which character is the true Greek tragic hero. The two most obvious choices for readers when choosing a Greek tragic hero would be Antigone or Creon. These two characters in most opinions have the biggest impact upon the story. Although Creon and Antigone both show characteristics of a Greek tragic hero, Creon is the obvious choice because of his pride that causes him to suffer many tragic deaths within his own family. Antigone, however, could also be thought of, by some readers, as the Greek tragic hero. The …show more content…
Antigone has some qualities that some readers may interpret as characteristics of a Greek tragic hero, but to most she is more of a hero. With Antigone being the hero, this does not necessarily make Creon the villain of the story. Creon is in fact the antagonist of the story, but with all of the tragedy he endured he is also seen as the Greek tragic hero. Honig would argue that Antigone is more of a political actor when she writes “She is a lamenting sister and she does die for her cause, but she is, more fundamentally, a political actor embroiled in fifth-century burial, kinship, and polis politics” (2). This would show that Antigone is not the Greek tragic hero but rather more of a political actor or hero instead. Antigone is seen as more of a hero because of the way she seems to rally the people around her. Antigone even had the guards of Creon on her side. Antigone says to Creon “No they are with me. But they keep their tongues in leash” (Sophocles 104). When Antigone says this, she is stating that even Creon’s guards agree with her but because of fear of the tyrant they hold their tongues. This is another example of how Creon is the Greek tragic hero, not only did he physically lose his family, but he also loses some of his power over his …show more content…
Creon allows his pride, thirst for power, and arrogance effect every aspect of his life. Creon is not the only Greek character to refuse burial to a son of royalty. Achilles also refuses burial to the Prince of Troy, Hector. In doing this both Achilles and Creon go against the moral laws of the Greek gods. Some people would see this as the reason for Creon facing all the tragedy that he did. Readers see this as punishment from the Gods for being too prideful. Shapiro agrees when he writes “Both Achilles and Creon are guilty of overstepping the bounds of appropriate behavior for mortals, by presuming to give burial to one hero and deny to another the rites that are due to every mortal in the eyes of the gods, regardless of the circumstances of his death” (120). When messing with the natural rights that the gods have demanded, Creon suffers the consequences. Creon shows his arrogance when he is warned by the prophet that he should bury the body, but then refuses to do so, and accuses the prophet of being bribed. By refusing burial of Antigone’s brother, Creon is sending not only Antigone, his niece, to death, but he is also sending his sons fiancée to the grave. Creon says after he finds Haimon, his son, dead, “Oh pity! All true, all true, and more than I can bear! O my wife, my son!” (Sophocles 110-112). This shows the readers of how much pain Creon is in after losing not only his wife, but also

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