Antigone/ Tragic Hero

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A tragic hero is virtuous character in a dramatic tragedy that is destined for a downfall. The hero learns from his mistakes and is the protagonist in the story. To be a tragic hero the character must display the elements of a Greek tragedy. In the play ‘Antigone' by Sophocles, Creon forbids Polynices to be buried because he fought with his brother for the throne and wanted the throne to destroy Thebes. Antigone; Polynices sister tries to bury him and Creon has her captured for a punishment. In ‘Antigone’ Creon is the tragic hero because he displays the elements of a Greek tragedy peripeteia, anagnorisis and hubris. Hubris is the excessive pride of arrogance; it is the quality in a character that most often brings about their downfall in tragedy. Creon portrays hubris toward several characters in the play like; Antigone and Teiresias. 'I do believe the creatures both are mad, one lately crazed, the other from her birth' (Sophocles 141) In this quote Creon is calling both Antigone and Iseme crazy for feeling sorrow for their brothers death.This displays hubris because he is being ignorant as he is filled with excessive pride. Creon was so insolent towards the two sisters tjay he didn't even understand that they lost a member of their own flesh and blood. Creon also portrays hubris toward the blind prophet. “Do you forget to whom you say it?” (Sophocles, 154) In this quote Creon is asking Teiresias If he forgets who he is talking to. Creon shows hubris because he asks this to Teiresias because he is king and has excessive pride. He believes that because he is king and believes that he can’t be talked to a certain way. Creon is the tragic hero because he displays hubris in the play. Anagnorisis is when the tragic hero realizes his or her mistake. Capturing Antigone and not letting her burry Polynices was a mistake that Creon had made. Creon realized his mistake

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