The Tragic Hero Of Sophocles ' Antigone Essay

1033 Words Oct 8th, 2015 5 Pages
Since the inception of Sophocles’ Antigone, there has existed a contention concerning the true hero of the play. It is a widely held belief that Antigone must be the tragic character simply because she and the drama share the same name. This is, of course, a very logical assumption. Certainly Sophocles must have meant her to be viewed as the protagonist; otherwise, he would not have given her name as the play’s title. Analytically speaking, however, Creon seems to fit the category of a tragic hero more accurately. There is no doubt that the nature of the work is tragedy. Along with this genre come certain established prerequisites and Creon is the only character that fits them all.
There are certain qualities that a character must possess in order to be characterized as a tragic hero. Ideally, the subject is to be a person of high rank, someone with much to lose. Granted, Antigone is a member of the royal bloodline, but we must remember that she is the daughter of incest, hardly a glamorous position to start with. In Oedipus Rex, Antigone was indirectly disgraced while Creon was socially elevated by inheriting the kingship from Oedipus. Also, Creon’s kingship comparatively trumps Antigone’s lesser status of an orphaned princess. While this in itself objectively proves nothing, it does, at a minimum, make Creon the more fitting choice for a tragic hero.
Another essential component of a tragic hero is that of the “tragic flaw”: the one attribute that causes the inevitable…

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