When Antigone is caught by Creon she is immediately sentenced to death and cannot be saved. Before she is sent to be executed her sister, Antigone states, “ Save yourself, I shall not envy you, There are those who will praise you, I shall have honor too” (711). In this statement, Antigone is trying to prevent Ismene from getting involved in her situation and execution. Antigone doesn’t want her sister... ... middle of paper ... ...s done is correct. Through her perseverance and courage, Antigone fits the role of a tragic hero perfectly.
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).
Who on earth alive in the midst of so much grief as I, could fail to find this death a rich reward?” (374) Antigone was willing to risk her own life for the sake of her dead brother’s pride. Creon wants Antigone to know that he has control over her. She defied him and now he has no choice but to punish her. Otherwise it would mean a bruise on his reputation as a ruler. It would prove that he was of weak character, especially since a girl went against him.
Before his death, Oedipus had blinded himself, adding to the tragedy. However, Antigone's own tragedy was still unfolding. Through her proud and unrelenting character, Antigone is determined to give her brother a rightful burial, despite Creon's edict. At first Antigone seeks the help of her sister, Ismene, but when she realizes the fear and submissive attitude Ismene possesses, Antigone disregards it as even an option, another example of perhaps Antigone's tragic flaw, her own arrogance. As the tale continues, Antigone does indeed bury her brother, but is caught by Creon.
His mistaken judgment and action led to the multiple suicides of his family, making him sorrowful and is also a punishment, which is a characteristic of the tragic hero to Aristotle. Although both Creon and Antigone hold the same qualities and character flaw, Antigone is more of an honorable, respectable hero who sacrificed herself for her brother while Creon was a misjudging, pitiful hero antagonist. The flaw is what made Antigone so great of a character, but made Creon despicable and in the wrong. Ultimately, Creon was the one who learned and taught the audience a lesson about pride and life, which is the purpose of the tragic hero and the goal of Greek writers’ plays.
Ismene’s love for her sister causes her to change her true ambitions and request a death penalty. Although this request is not fulfilled, Ismene demonstrates exactly how dangerous love can be if it is left uncontrolled. Sophocles demonstrates a very important and serious idea throughout the play: Love can be extremely dangerous if it is left uncontrolled. Antigone and Creon meet tragic downfalls because of their love for something, and Ismene nearly meets a tragic downfall as well, but Antigone saves her.
Antigone must evaluate her life and reason with herself if she should marry Haemon or decide another way out. Antigone finds a way out, but it may not be visible to the reader right away. Antigone commits a crime and is sentenced to die, justifying in her mind that is the only option. Antigone does not want to continue in the life cycle she has been born into and the only way out is in her death. She also truly believes in the Gods and that by dying a martyr, she will gain kleos.
Antigone dared to defy the King’s threat of death to bury her brother, and shows true family pride. The people take pity on Antigone, and feel that she should be let alone. Haemon, Creon's son and Antigone's betrothed, states how the people of Thebes feel. “On every side I hear voices of pity for this poor girl doomed to the cruelest death…for an honorable action-burying a brother who was killed in battle…has she not rather earned a crown of gold” (
Lady Macbeth said, "To catch the nearest way: thou wouldst be great, art not without ambition, but without the illness should attend it." She said this to Macbeth when they were talking about committing the murders. Lady Macbeth believes they need the motivation to complete their sick plan because Macbeth doesn't have the evil inside him to do it without motivation. She also says, "We fail? but screw your courage to the sticking-place, and we'll not fail."
Creon decides Antigone’s fate for her when he sends her to her death. However, Antigone bravely states to Creon, “I knew that I must die–how could I not? / even without your edict. If I die / before my time, I say it is a gain” (460-462). This statement truly exemplifies Antigone’s recognition of her fate due to her actions.