Tragic Hero In Antigone

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Antigone, a play wrought full of tragedy, sadness, order and family. Yet whom in this play could be the tragic hero? Is it Creon the bold king, Antigone the loyal sister, or could it be the loving son and fiancé Heamon? Antigone, the play written by Sophocles in Athens around 430 B.C.E. is a play that has left people wondering over the ages, who truly is the tragic hero? A tragic hero is a person who implements thoughts of sympathy and uneasiness in the audience revealing the audience’s own vulnerabilities. Antigone begins with the two brothers Polynices and Eteocles killing eachother over the right to lead Thebes. The new appointed leader and uncle of the brothers Creon decides to bury Eteocles only, angering their sister Antigone. Antigone goes and half buries Polynices and then is caught by Creon. Antigone is imprisoned and in her prison she kills herself. Haemon kills himself because of Antigone dieing then Creon’s wife Eurydice poison’s herself at the news of her son Haemon’s death Creon is left without a family and out of favor with the gods. The tragic hero in Antigone is none other than Creon the King of Thebes. Creon falls under more of Aristotles criteria for a tragic hero than any other character in Antigone. Creon is a man of high class, who is bursting with hubris and other strong traits, he receives a prophetic warning of his downfall and his own self knowledge of what must be done eventually does increase as a result of the warning, making him the tragic hero. Creon is most certainly a man of high class being king of Thebes but he is also packed with hubris. Creon was a tyrant and in his mind his status was among gods. “Don’t Forget who your speaking to, Tiresias. I am ruler.” (McMaster 173) Warnings from the gods were taken incredibly seriously in the time period Antigone was set in, and for Creon to openly reject and toss aside Tiresias’ dire
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