The Tragic Hero Of Sophocles ' Antigone Essay

1315 Words Nov 27th, 2015 6 Pages
As the play Antigone unfolds, it becomes clear that it is a tragedy that revolves around a tragic hero. Written by Sophocles’, Antigone is a Greek tragedy set in Ancient Greece after a devastating war. A new King has come to power after the two men next in line for the throne killed each other in the war. The two men, Eteocles and Polyneices, are brothers. Polyneices was exiled from Thebes but came back to fight against his country. The new King, Creon, is very arrogant and excessively prideful. He is put into power and makes a decree that Polyneices is not allowed to be buried because he is a traitor to the country. Little does he know that this decree is going to make him the tragic hero in the play. There are several different characteristics that make a tragic hero. Creon’s flawed judgement, his reversal in fortune and recognizing that his reversal was brought on by himself paints him as the tragic hero in the Greek tragedy Antigone.
The downfall of a tragic hero always begins with an error in judgement, as shown with Creon in Antigone. The flaw in judgement is typically made to enact justice or revenge against someone. As the new King of Thebes, Creon’s first decree is that “‘Eteocles, who died as a man should die, fighting for his country, is to be buried with full military honors…’” (Sophocles 163-164) while Polyneices “‘...is to have no burial: no man is to touch him or say the least prayer for him…’” (Sophocles 171-172). A very important aspect of life in Ancient…

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