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Antigone Essay Sophocles makes us find some right in Creon some wrong in Antigone Discuss the validity of this statement commenting where possible on the use of language and dramatictheatrical devices in creating two flawed tragic heroes In his play Antigone Sophocles does in fact show some right in Creon and some wrong in Antigone This stems from the understanding of Creon as the protagonist in this tragedy whereas Antigone is seen in a subordinate role Thus being the case Creon can be perceived as an honourable man whose corruption can be traced to his hamartia or tragic error On the other hand Antigone is clearly seen as a virtuous person but her flaws in the play can only be traced back to her own personality These arguments are supported by the language and dramatic devices used in this play Creon can be seen as the protagonist of this play on many different levels In terms of the structure of the play Creon speaks almost twice the lines of Antigone and is in almost every scene of the play whereas Antigone in last seen at line 943 in a 1353 line play Since Sophocles wrote this play for a viewing audience Creon assumes a greater importance than Antigone There is also the fact that the character of Antigone is not essential for this play because without her the Gods would still have punished Creon She merely adds to the interest of the plot whereas Creon is an essential part The most relevant point however is Aristotles theory of what a tragic hero should be because these characteristics of a tragic hero serve to acknowledge the inherent good in the protagonist In the Poetics Aristotle outlines the characteristics of a protagonist stating that he must be renowned and prosperous so that his fortunes can change from good to bad This change should result from self-destructive attributes in the character as a result of
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