Essay about The Tragic Hero Of Sophocles ' Antigone

1100 Words Jan 2nd, 2016 5 Pages
Action, drama, regret and sympathy demonstrate a tragedy. A Greek play written by Sophocles and created in 441 B.C.E. called Antigone portrays a tragedy. In the play Antigone, a character portrays the characteristics of a tragic hero. A tragic hero characterizes a literary character who makes a judgement error that inevitably leads to his or her own destruction. In order for a character to be a tragic hero he or she has to have a flaw or error, nobility, excessive pride, suffers more than he or she deserves, and a reversal of fortune. Many people think that Antigone portrays a tragic hero; however, Creon demonstrates a flaw, nobility, and reversal of fortune. First and foremost, Creon portrays a tragic hero. Creon has nobility and a flaw. Creon becomes the King of Thebes allowing him to have nobility. When the war ends over Creon decides to talk and states, “both killers, both brother stained with blood-as I am next in kin to the dead, I now possess the throne and all its power”(191-193). The two brothers, Eteocles and Polynices, murdered each other in battle. Since Creon represents the only man in the family by being the uncle of the two brother; Creon declares himself king. Additionally, Creon has an error. Creon’s desire for power gives him an error. For example, Haemon, who engaged Antigone and planned to marry her, tries to talk his father out of Antigone’s punishment. As Haemon and Creon talk about Antigone’s punishment Haemon says,
HAMEON: I see my…

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