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.
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. __________________________________________________________ ___________________________________.
A Tragic Hero A tragic hero is a character who makes an error of judgment or has a fatal flaw, which combined with fate, results into a tragedy. The tragic hero must fall from good luck and well being to misery and misfortune. The tragic hero causes a sense of pity through the tragic downfall that weakens the character. In Antigone by Sophocles, Antigone follows her own beliefs by giving her brother a proper burial, even if she has to break the law of King Creon. Because of her innocent actions, Antigone is punished unjustly and unfairly.
His downfall is not out of depravity or vice but it is out of natural errors in his personality. He will pay for his own flaws. The tragic downfall of our hero is in his real identity as the son of Laius and Jocasta. He will be the killer of his father and the husband of his real mother. As Tressias told him "no man will know worse suffering than you", and then Jocasta called him the "man of agony."
The second requirement to be a tragic hero consists of having a hamartia or tragic flaw. In Creon’s case, his hubris is his hamartia whereas for Antigone, her stubbornness and loyalty is her tragic flaw. In Antigone, both characters believe in two different laws—the state law or the divine law of the gods. Creon believed in the state law that those who betrayed the state should not be allowed to have a proper burial. On the other hand, Antigone believed in the divine laws of the gods that those who... ... middle of paper ... ...versial question of who is the tragic hero is answered with King Creon.
Haimon was the "silent" tragic hero of the play, suffering at the hands of his strict father. Haimon remained loyal up to a certain point, until the question of whether Creon's decision was possibly the right one. Haimon established himself as a tragic hero when he tried to kill Creon in revenge for Antigone's suicide. Haimon not only lost Antigone's love, he lost his life. Earlier, I mentioned Antigone's self-righteousness.
Similarly she hates Othello for "laying murders on [Iago's] neck", but as events transpire Emilia realizes that Othello's claims of Desdemona's alleged infidelity all stemmed from Iago. Thus, Iago indirectly lead to the death of her beloved friend, and she, unknowingly, aided Iago on his conquest. Once Emilia can acknowledge this fact, she can bring herself above Iago and stand up to him to prove her loyalty to Desdemona. This loyalty is exaggerated in her death through her singing the song "Willow Willow" that Desdemona was familiar with. Instead of begging for an explanation from her husband, she praises Desdemona even during her own death and this can be viewed as an ultimate declaration of loyalty.
In Aristotle’s definition of a tragic hero, a tragic hero must be superior to the average person in some way. They must evoke pity, and do so by being imperfect, and having a tragic flaw. In The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, John Proctor is portrayed as the tragic hero. It may appear that Proctor’s tragic flaw is lust, due to his affair with Abigail. But lust does not explain John’s refusal to become involved in the trials before his wife was accused when he knew that Abigail was lying.
Oedipus does not simply kill himself to rid Thebes of his curse, he tortures himself and asks to be exiled in punishment for the sins he committed with his own mother. Oedipus, as most readers agree, did not have to suffer such a cruel fate, however, as an Aristotelian tragic hero Oedipus was required to become a martyr, and a martyr he became. In the final pages of Oedipus, the most suffering is highlighted by the line: “Now what a black sea of terror has overwhelmed him… count no man happy till he dies, free of pain at last” (Sophocles, 1682-1685) as read by the chorus at the end of the play. Oedipus lives for the rest of his days miserable and in pain. Oedipus is a true martyr and it is with his suffering that we see what the perfect example of a tragic character
Worried he will appear weak if he doesn’t punish them, he continues on in his defiance of the gods. Creon’s errors in judgment in conjunction with his superiority complex contribute to his downfall. Antigone continues to challenge Creon’s view. “Which of us can say what the gods hold wicked?... ... middle of paper ... ...t.” (Exodus, Lines 121-122) It took the deaths of his dearly beloveds, but he did come to understand that his own actions brought upon his fate.