The Tragic Hero Of Sophocles ' Antigone Essay

1275 Words Jan 15th, 2016 6 Pages
Realizing a Tragic Hero
Often people must choose between what they believe to be right, and what the authority in a society has deemed to be correct. Such is the case in “Antigone”, by Sophocles. In the Greek tragedy, Sophocles tells the story of a young woman who has to choose to bury her brother, a man who led an attack against his own city, or not. Her uncle, King Creon, decrees that her brother should not have a proper burial because he is a traitor. Antigone has to choose between following her heart and honoring her dead brother, or following the laws made by the king. Ultimately, she chooses to honor her brother and face the consequences of her actions. Although Antigone and Creon share characteristics of Aristotle’s definition of a tragic hero, Creon is a truer tragic hero due to his high ranking of power, excessive stubbornness, and reversal in fortune.
Creon’s high rank in society is a leading factor to his strong willingness. Oedipus, the former King of Thebes, is the brother of Creon. As a result of his unfortunate death, Creon was next to inherit the throne. Creon addresses the situation in which he became king, “Now then, since the two sons are dead-two blows of fate in the same day, cut down by each other’s hands, both killers, both brothers stained with blood- as I am next to kin to the dead, I now possess the throne and all it’s powers” (190-193). Royalty is hand in hand with power and responsibility. The city of Thebes idolizes Creon for major adjustments…

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