Sophocles ' Antigone : The Tragic Hero Essay

1479 Words Apr 26th, 2016 6 Pages
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 Greek tragic hero could be Antigone because of the suffering she goes through when put into the prison. Also she and her sister both suffer while watching one of their brother’s dead bodies be mutilated in the streets. Antigone also is seen more as a hero rather than a tragic hero. Antigone states in Sophocles play that, “Creon is not strong enough to stand in my way” (33). When Antigone says this, it gives reasoning that she is the hero and Creon is the antagonist. Antigone doesn’t seem to be the tragic hero due to the fact that she wants to die. Some would suggest that Antigone is more of a martyr rather than a tragic hero. “She does not say that she had to die, but rather that she wanted to die; but she does not imply that she died…

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