Sympathy is felt for Antigone because she was punished for take a stand for what she believed to be the right thing. Unfortunately the risk she took was going against her uncle Creon, who so happened to have power over her. It was a tragic situation that Antigone was to be killed for such a ridiculous crime. Although Antigone should not have been punished for that law she had broken, she was willing to accept her death sentence. She said to Creon, “These laws- I was not about to break them, not out of fear of some man’s wounded pride, and face the retribution of the gods.
People that would just the bodies in the ground alone are cruel people with no heart and no sympathy. Even if they are dead they should be treated with respect and honor. Like for example Polynieces, Antigones brother that died in the battle. She was doing the right thing on wanting the burial for him. Leaving him there alone would be a bad thing.
Antigone is saying this to Creon after she had been caught trying to bury Polynices. She is saying that Creon would not be doing justice if he punished her for doing something noble like burying her brother when no one else would. Antigone is a tragic hero because she is noble. Bravery, nobility, and possessing a flaw are three characteristics of a tragic hero, and Antigone exhibits them. Antigone is a brave person to do something that might cause her death.
Elizabeth Bobrick’s Sophocles’ Antigone and the Self-Isolation of the Tragic Hero declares “the heroic code may be summarized as follows: I protect my philoi—a term that includes family, kin, loved ones, and loyal community members—and they honor me. To hate my friend is to hate me. To help my enemy is to harm me. Being dishonored by my philoi is the equivalent of death. I will either kill them, or myself, or both.” This can explain Antigone’s excessive desire to bury her brother and even further be supported in lines 25-28 when Antigone challenges her sister’s loyalty.
He is forced to live, knowing that three people are dead because of his ignorance, which is a punishment worse than death. My opinion on this debate is that Antigone is the tragic hero. She tries to help her brother without worrying about what will happen to her. She says, "I intend to give my brother burial. I'll be glad to die in the attempt, -if it's a crime, then it's a crime that God commands" (Sophocles 4).
The “deed” Antigone is discussing is the deed that was forbidden by Kreon. Antigone truly believes in civil disobedience of directly disobeying in order to fight for justice for her dead brother. Antigone also exclaims “What I shall suffer will be far less dire than dying from an ignoble death” (Antigone 24). To Antigone, honoring the Greek gods, her brother, and her family is more important than following an unjust rule. Antigone believes that dying from the consequences of civil disobedience is far more worth dying for than dying without having ever fought for a cause.
However, it is how they chose to accept their fate that makes their characters different and unique. Antigone choses to act upon her free will and bury her brother, because she recognized her inevitable fate of death. In contrast, Creon was blinded by his own arrogance and therefore unable to foresee his tragic
When the king Creon ordered that the body of Polyneices, Antigone's brother, be left to rot unburied because he had died as a traitor, she tried to buried him even she knew that she would be punished. She believed that a dead person's soul could not rest if that person's body was not buried so she chooses to challenge a powerful Creon, the king of Thebes in order to let her brother rest peacefully. This presents a huge problem for Antigone; she feels she must obey the laws of the gods and bury her brother, but the penalty would be earthly death. To me, Antigone is a hero, what she did for her brother was very respectful, not many could have the strength to do so in the same situation. However, I believe the true tragic hero in Sophocles' Antigone is Creon, not Antigone.
Polynices and Eteocles were brothers of Antigone, and for Antigone, they were very precious family members. However, they killed each other, and Creon who was a king of Thebes at this time forbade to bury only Polynices. Antigone could not stand that only Polynices was forbidden to be buried because she loved him as a brother. Antigone chose to bury him even though she might be caught and killed. If I were in the same situation as Antigone, I would not choose the same choice which is burying a brother and be killed.
Creon made the morally wrong law of not letting anyone bury Polyneice’s body. Creon and Antigone both had tragic flaws. Antigone disobeyed the law by trying to bury Polyneices so Creon enforced his punishment on Antigone. Antigone decides she was going to go against Creon’s word when she told Ismene, Listen, Ismene: Creon buried our brother Eteocles with military honors, gave him a soldiers funeral, and it was right that he should; but Polyneices, who fought just as bravely and died as miserably. They say that Creon has sworn no one shall bury him, no one mourn for him, but his body must lie in the fields, a sweet treasure for carrion birds to find as they search for food.