Essay on Sophocles ' Antigone : The Tragic Hero

751 Words Dec 2nd, 2015 4 Pages
In every Greek tragedy there is a tragic hero. In Sophocles play Antigone the tragic hero is Antigone 's uncle, king Creon because he meets the criteria set by Aristotle 's definition of a Greek tragedy. Antigone is the second play in a series of three plays called The Theban Plays. Antigone 's entire family has been plagued with a curse that has killed her parents. Her two brothers have perished as well after a large battle over the thrown. All she has left is her uncle and her dear sister Ismene. When Antigone breaks Creons law and buries her traitorous brother she is sentenced to be locked away forever. All of this brought a curse on Creon and his family which led to his tragic end. Aristotle defines tragedy as "an imitation of an action that is serious, complete, and of a certain magnitude; in language embellished with each kind of artistic ornament"(Aristotle 1). All tragic characters have traits as defined by Aristotle 's definition of Greek tragedy. The protagonist must be someone of great importance such as a king or someone who is in the higher tiers of society. The persons characters traits must fit their role. The character must have some form of a tragic flaw that will eventually lead to their tragic downfall. This flaw should be a relatable flaw allowing the audience to be able to see themselves in the characters shoes and essentially to imagine themselves in the characters place. When the characters tragic downfall occurs it must have a large effect on the…

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