Loyalty to the gods, one of Antigone’s heroic traits, causes her to listen and honor their every decision. She feels that although her brother Polyneices is seen as a traitor, it is up to her to give Polyneices the burial her family and the gods want. The injustice of not burying her brother, would cause her the severe pain of being unfaithful to the gods. Her feelings about the situation are understood when she talks to her sister Ismene about being loyal to the gods, by saying, “But i will bury him; and if I must die, I say this crime is holy...you may do as you like, since apparently the laws of the gods mean nothing to you,”(192). She mentions how the act of burying her brother is a “holy crime”. Her definition of a holy crime is an action that constitutes an offense that is punishable by law, but still adheres to the gods’ laws. Antigone is determined to bury her brother as a tribute to the gods. When talking about how Polyneices was being given a burial, the Sentry mentions how,“The ground was dry, not a sign of digging, no, not a wheeltrack in the dust, no trace of anyone,”(200), which shows how the gods were on Antigone’s side. Antigone sees this as there were not any footprints left behind after Antigone first puts du...
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... takes the blame for the crime that Antigone has done, understanding that her brother should have received a proper burial, and that Antigone was right. She does this, to prove to Antigone that she supports her, she wills to die with her. Also, to say that Antigone has more to lose than her, and that she should live happily with her soon to be husband, Haimon.
Overall, Antigone’s loyalty to the gods by respecting their wishes of giving Polyneices a burial, her disloyalty to King Creon by not abiding to the rules, and her stubbornness of wanting to do what she believes is correct, causes her own downfall in the play Antigone. Her pride causes her to make a wrongful decisions which eventually leads to her own death. Aristotle’s definition of a tragic hero is clearly seen through the character’s heroic traits, tragic flaws, and the actions and decisions Antigone makes.
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