The Tragic Hero in Sophocles' Antigone
In various literary works, the conflict between the antagonist and protagonist holds great significance towards the literary works' main idea. In Sophocles' Greek tragedy, Antigone, both roles greatly impact the base, moral, idea, and conflict of the play. It is crucial to place a consideration of the time this Greek play was written because of the style of the context. During this period of time called the golden age, the style of writing for great playwrights such as Sophocles was of or related to tragedy. In every tragedy, a tragic hero is found. According to one of the most significant scholars of the golden age, Aristotle, the definition of a tragic hero
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That is what they say, and our good Creon is coming here to announce It publicly: and the penalty-stoning to death in the public square!" (Prologue, Line 14). This quote is a conversation between the two sisters Antigone and Ismene. Antigone informs Ismene a burial for her brother Polynices, who fought bravely but died miserably. Furthermore, Antigone also explains Creon's law and consequence of burying their beloved brother Polynices. From the beginning of the play, it is apparent that Creon is depicted as the antagonist, but it is not until the climax and conclusion of the play where he is portrayed as the tragic hero. Creon flawlessly fits all requirements of characteristics and experiences of a tragic hero. Creon holds the highest position in authority in Thebes. After the fall of Oedipus, Creon gained absolute control. At this point of time Creon is an authoritative and dominant king where he strikes apprehension and discipline into not only citizens but royalty of Thebes. "But think of the danger! Think of what Creon will do!"(Prologue, Line 34). This quotation is a warning for Antigone from Ismene, reminding the dangers of a severe consequence if Polynices receives a proper burial.