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Tragic Heroes: Creon and Antigone

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Tragic Heroes: Creon and Antigone The play Antigone, by Sophocles, is a Greek tragedy. I think that Creon and Antigone are both considered tragic heroes in this play. Both characters have traits that classify them as tragic heroes. Aristotle defined a tragic hero as someone who suffered a great downfall, or went through a decline from good fortune to misery. Neither character was necessarily evil, but they both had a character flaw that was responsible for the downfall. Although some people think Creon is the only tragic hero in the play, I think that Creon and Antigone are both tragic heroes. Creon was very unfair, and because of that, he was considered a tragic hero. He showed his favoritism of men over women many times in this play. When Polynices and Eteocles were killed, Creon gave only Eteocles a proper burial. ...read more.


She was so angry and upset that she killed herself. Antigone chose a quick death instead of a slow painful death, alone in a cave. Antigone said that she would have to die eventually anyways, so why shouldn't she die right then for a good cause. In her opinion, she did die for a good cause. She died for her brother who was not going to receive a burial from Creon. At this point, Ismene is upset that she didn't help Antigone bury Polynices. Ismene tried to tell Creon that she helped Antigone, but that was a lie, and Creon saw right through her and didn't believe her. Now, Ismene feels like it was her fault that Antigone killed herself, but that is not true. Antigone killed herself so she wouldn't have to spend the rest of her life restrained in a cave. ...read more.


He waited too long, and he was the cause of the destruction of three lives. Antigone was considered the tragic hero because she extremely unlike other women of her time. Almost all women behaved like Ismene. They were very proper and went along with whatever the king said. They would never argue with anyone, especially a man. Antigone was just the opposite. She stood up for what she believed in, and in some cases this would be a good thing, but in this case it was not. Maybe if Antigone had not worried about her brother's rights, she wouldn't have been in this situation. But she made the decision that she thought was right, and she died for a cause that she thought was worthy. Both Creon and Antigone were tragic heroes because they made a mistake. It just so happens that Creon's mistake caused three deaths, while Antigone's mistake just caused Creon's anger. They were both considered tragic heroes, but they were tragic in different ways. ...read more.

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