The Tragic Hero In Shakespeare's 'Antigone'

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In the play Antigone, before we even start reading the play, we find out that Antigone’s brothers, polyneices and eteocles, are killed in a battle between two opposing sides fighting for royalty. The play initially starts with Antigone and her sister, Ismene, are fighting, because they heard the decree made by King Creon, their uncle, stating that their brother polyneices could not be buried , because he fought for the opposing side in the war. Creon is the king of Thebes, and he will not stand for anyone going against his decree, so he makes it clear that those who try and go against his rule will be stoned to death. Antigone does not agree with her uncle, so she buries her brother anyways, and that action decided her fate. Antigone is the tragic hero of the play, because she is fighting for something she believes in, even though she knows her uncle will kill her for …show more content…
Antigone, the daughter of former king Oedipus, has many flaws, including her stubbornness and loyalty. In the prologue Ismene is talking to Antigone regarding their brother and how he can’t be buried. During this conversation Antigone tells her sister that she will bury her brother, because he deserves the respect and love. Ismene argues with her, saying that she will not be apart of her plan and she tells her sister, “Go then, if you feel that you must. You are unwise, but a loyal friend indeed to those who love you,” (scene 1) stating that she is making a poor decision, but she is doing it for a good reason. Another flaw that Antigone has is that she is very stubborn. During the argument going on between the two sisters Antigone says, “If that is what you think, then I should not want you, even if you asked to come. You have made your choice; you can be what you want to be,” (prologue). In that quote she is telling Ismene that even if she changes her mind and wants to help Antigone she wouldn’t be able to, because she made up her mind.

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