Sophocles 'Tragic Hero In The Play Antigone'

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Ben Waller Mrs. Callaham Honors English II November 15, 2013 Antigone The tragic hero in the play Antigone is the main character Antigone. She stands up for what she believes in and faces the punishment that she doesn't deserve. Creon wants Antigone and her sister to die because he is afraid they are going to steal the thrown from him, but in the end everything turns to the worst. Antigone dies with a clean conscience after burying her brother even though she knew she would die. Antigone was born into the royal family. Her dad and brothers died in a war against themselves and she , Ismene and Creon were the last of her family. When Creon announced that Polynesis had betray the kingdom and would be thrown to rot in the field and not buried, Antigone does what she thinks…show more content…
Antigone is still convicted of a crime because she goes against the orders of Creon. Her intentions were good but she is still reliable for the crime. She admits to the crime and says "I do. I deny nothing." Antigone's downfall is the result of her own doing. She refuses to listen to Creon because she is Polynesis' brother and wants him to be buried and suffers the consequences of disobeying the king. Antigone's death is not deserved for the crime she did. Creon sentenced her to death because he was threatened for his thrown. The readers are saddened because Antigone should not have died and she should be the queen of the kingdom instead of Creon. Even though Antigone dies in the end of the play, she does something important and meaningful before she dies. Her death is not a complete loss because she buried her brother and cleaned her conscience before she went to the underworld. "I should have praise and honor for what I have done." Creon tries to make things right in the end because the oracle tells him what he had done and the gods would be mad at him but is too

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