The play “Antigone” written by Sophocles is about Antigone, the sister of the dead Eteocleas and Polynieces, who buries her left-to-rot brother Polynieces against the new king Creon’s authority and then Creon sends her to her death. It is a debatable topic whether Antigone or Creon is the true tragic hero in this work of art since both hold the same qualities and are pitied by the spectators. Although the play is named after Antigone, Creon is the real tragic hero. He fulfills the requirements of the tragic hero according to today’s definition and according to Aristotle’s standards. __________________________________________________________ ___________________________________.
The Tragedy of Antigone In the story of Antigone, Oedipus has already died, his two sons. Polyneices and Eteocles, left to contend for the throne of Thebes. In their contention for the throne, the two brothers slay one another, leaving Creon once again to be the acting regent of Thebes. With this power, Creon declares that Polyneices must be left to rot on the battlefield, the highest disgrace to any Greek. Antigone, daughter of Oedipus, is left torn between state of family, and in the end, chooses family over state.
The curse of Oedipus lingers over the city of Thebes. Antigone as the daughter of Oedipus and Creon as the new king of Thebes are put on a path towards a unavoidable and terrible fate. Antigone is fated to reach a terrible end, because of the curse of her father Oedipus. Creon is fated to reach a terrible end, because he is putting his law above the law of the gods and he has too much excess pride. The tragedy in Antigone is unavoidable, because it is Antigone fate to die, because of her father’s sins and it is Creon’s fate to suffer for going ahead of the gods with his excess pride.
Me... ... middle of paper ... ... his place as a king, to losing his wife and children. The audience feels pity for him because he was trying to save Thebes. However, the audience always knew Medea had some evil characteristics to her when she betrayed her family with no shame or dignity to escape with Jason. The Medea and Oedipus the King both have the same criteria Aristotle states in Poetics. Tragedies depict the downfall of the noble heroine and hero through their fate, hubris and the will of gods.
Antigone asks her sister Ismene for help with the burial of her brother. Ismene then refuses to support her sister with her action and talks to Antigone about such reckless act of disobedience. With Ismene’s conversation, Antigone argues that the exposure of Polyneices’s corpse is not only a ludicrous affront to society, but a sin in the eyes of the gods. Therefore, she continues to bury her dead brother in open defiance of Creon’s orders. This is showing an act she views as her absolute moral right.
But Antigone cannot allow this to happen. Although she realizes what her brother did was wrong, her conscience prevents her from allowing him to lie dead in dishonor and shame. Polynices never did anything to help Antigone or her sister Ismene, yet her sense of sisterly duty transgresses her sense of duty for her king. "I will bury my brother; and if I die for it, what happiness! Convicted of reverence—I shall be content to lie beside a brother wh... ... middle of paper ... ...y over all and is stronger than 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. Aristotle himself said that a tragic hero should be neither better nor worse normally than a normal person. With that being said Antigone’s sister, Ismene, was in the same position as her. Originally invoking a sense of naturalism this changes with Ismene’s refusal to help bury their brother. The lack of support for Antigone’s plan leaves her no choice, but distances herself from her sister who obviously doesn’t share the same family loyalty beliefs as her (Lines 77-81).
Antigone The characters in the play Antigone all suffer a downfall of some sort. The major characters suffer the most, though. In this short essay, I will document on how the two main characters, Creon and Antigone, both inevitably become tragic heroes. The first example that I observed in Antigone was her self-righteous plight to bury her brother. She believes that what she is doing is right, and that she will do it no matter what the consequences, because he was her brother, her blood.
The two buttheads in the political for Creon and personal for Antigone situation and bring about the downfall of the royal family. Aristotle's view on a tragic hero is someone that would have to be held in high standards (royalty) in order to evoke compassion and anxiety in the audience. Creon and Antigone are royalty and share the most important aspect of a tragic hero, each have a tragic flaw. Both of the two characters have an inability to compromise or even reason with. Antigone's tragic flaw was amplified by her loyalty for her brother; she acted irrational, in not taking preparation or thoroughness into consideration when burying her brother.
If they die protecting their sentiments, then they have died noble deaths. In Greek Literature, two women face their fates of dying by defending what they believe in. Ipheigeneia loves her father and in order to win the Trojan War, she must be sacrificed. She resists her fate at first but as expected she allows her father to do the necessary. Ipheigeneia is sacrificed.