Essay on The Tragic Hero Of Antigone

1747 Words Nov 14th, 2016 7 Pages
“Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.” Through our discussion of heroism, we have encountered heroes who were born great, much like the beloved Achilles. At birth, Achilles was given twin destinies one which destined him for eternal greatness, the one he ultimately chose. Yet even Achilles had to make a choice about being a hero or living a long happy life. We met Odysseus, who achieved greatness through his cunning and willingness to be whatever the situation called for. In our most unlikely hero, Antigone, we saw her become a hero because of the situation thrust upon her, when she stood for what she believed to be just even though it cost her life. No one hero becomes a hero the same way, but there is one commonality. They were not born heroes, but they became heroes.
In The Crito, Socrates, a philosopher, likens himself to the hero Achilles. He views his willingness to die for the preservation of justice to be every bit as noble as Achilles’s death in the Trojan War. Socrates, in his philosophic life, is considered a hero. In Plato’s Republic, Socrates presents us with two ways in which philosophers can come to exist. He tells the Noble Lie, which suggests philosophers are born, not made. Then later in the same Republic, we get the Allegory of the Cave, in which philosophers are, in a sense, made. Are philosophers, like heroes, made? Or are is one born to be a philosopher?…

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