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A Greek tragedy is not simply a story that ends oddly or disastrously it is more a story of a character that brings tragedy upon them by clashing directly against a higher authority Whether the higher authority is society the law or the gods many times the characters main fault is hubris a theme that is present in many Greek tragedies The hubris theme is described as a characters journey toward their ill fate because of their arrogance In fact hubris is originated from two Greek words meaning arrogantly blind Whatever the cause of this arrogance the characters ultimate downfall is inevitable and irreversible because it usually ends with death In Sophocles Antigone there are several characters that possess some type of imperfection which consequently is directly responsible for their tragic downfall The character that fits directly into this class of arrogance is Antigone who continually refuses to accept her status and ultimately her fate The hubris of her character comes in the form of pride and ignorance fueled by her loyalty to her family This is reflected very clearly when referring to her brother she says I never shall be found to be his traitor ll 46 In the century after Sophocles many Greek philosophers took it upon themselves to analyze Greek tragedy The most recognized evaluation of these tragedies was by Aristotle He analyzed them and consequently gave Greek tragedy the definition as we know it today His definition is that tragedy is an action that is serious complete and of a certain magnitude where the effect is increasingly blown up in magnitude with each part of the play usually by action and not by narration Simply speaking the pity and fear which a tragedy evokes should come from the events and action not from the mere sight of something on stage Sophocles Antigone conveys this perfectly because in the play it is very easy to pity Antigone for the loss of
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