The Character Of A True Greek Tragedy Essay

1166 Words Jan 8th, 2016 5 Pages
Protective of Power A person of power can be broken. Power can be won, given, taken, and lost. People can be ruined. Being destroyed can be afflicted by an outside force or by oneself. However, no matter the source of ones downfall there is no influence over the inevitable. Throughout the play Antigone many of the characters are confronted with situations that lead to their downfall. Most of the characters actions and choices are the source of their ultimate demise. According to Aristotle, a Greek tragedy must possess a protagonist that contains a harmatia, or tragic flaw, that leads to their own downfall. Aristotle believed that the protagonist of a true Greek tragedy would somehow begin the story on a rise to great achievement. It is believed that the tragic hero, even though a higher rank than a commoner, was relatable to the audience on an emotional level. The burden placed upon the protagonist 's shoulders would easily compare to the troubles of those in the audience that would assist in developing a connection between the audience and the character. In Antigone, Creon illustrates the actions, judgment, and fate of a tragic hero throughout his downfall (225-1465). Creon continues to rise against the odds of his family and of his fate. His family is cursed many years prior and he has recently lost his brother to exile and his nephews have died at the hands of each other. However, he has successfully risen from the ashes, and has become the great ruler of Thebes.…

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