Sophocles ' Antigone : A Tragic Hero Essay

1067 Words Nov 13th, 2015 5 Pages
What is a tragic hero? Many have asked this question and many have debated on which characters are tragic hero and which aren’t. A tragic hero is; “a person of noble birth with heroic or potentially heroic qualities” (CSUS 1). One of the most debated examples of tragic heroes are Antigone and Creon in Sophocles’ Antigone. Antigone is the best example of a tragic hero because she has to many a very difficult decision, many feels pity for her, and she ends up dying, but in honor. Creon show some of these trail, but not as obvious and exclusive like Antigone does. Sophocles crafted two incredible heros in Antigone: however, Antigone stood out as the epitome of what it means to be a tragic hero by making the Chorus and audience display pity towards her, making many tough decisions, and suffering her tragic end with honor.
Suffering a tragic end in honor is an important factor when deciphering whether a character is a tragic hero. Antigone shows this trait throughout the passage. After Creon explains Antigone’s fate to her, but she accepts her death with honor rather than deny her punishment, “I knew that I must die, E 'en hadst thou not proclaimed it; and if death Is thereby hastened, I shall count it gain” (Sophocles 15). Antigone is very determined to find the justice she thinks he deserves even if she has to die in order for that to happen. Antigone said since the beginning of her story that she is willing to die for her brother; She goes as far to say that is death is the…

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