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Pity and Awe reconciliation exaltation and a sense of emotion purged and purified thereby1 As this quote from Aristotles Poetics states a tragedy must arouse feelings of pity and fear thus producing a catharsis of these emotions in the audience In order to arouse the emotions of the audience or reader writers must produce characters that are known as tragic heroes A tragic hero is characterized as the hero of a tragedy who is usually well known or prosperous involves a protagonist who is better than ordinary people and are neither completely virtuous nor villainous The most important characteristic of the tragic hero is that he or she must come to a downfall as a result from an error in judgment or a fatal character flaw Creon Antigone and Agamemnon are the tragic heroes in Sophocles Antigone and Aeschylus Agamemnon The tragic heroes of Antigone and Agamemnon compare and contrast Royal or noble status is common to tragic heroes In the two tragedies characters of royal or noble status were usually the most important characters in the play Their high rank in society and influence on the less noble or peasant class often lead to their excessive pride or hubris In the play Antigone Creon exhibits his hubris by refusing to listen to others After being confronted by both Tieresias the prophet the Sentry and his own son Haimon Creon refuses to submit to gods law due to his hubris Gods law declares that all men deserve a proper burial and Creon passes a law stating it a crime to bury Antigones brother Polyneices because he considers him a traitor Creons opposing character Antigone exhibits the same hubris On the opposing side of the argument Antigone feels that her brother deserves a proper burial The character feels so strongly towards her argument that she is willing to go against the orders of King Creon putting herself at risk because she refuses to submit to mans
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