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The Greek tragedy Antigone written by Sophocles in 441 BC blurs the distinction of which character is the tragic hero in the play Antigone or Creon To investigate who the true tragic hero is in this drama one must keep in mind the four qualities of a Greek hero at temporary insanity arete great strength of some sort a nemesis an opposing force and hubris arrogance towards the gods After looking at these four elements closely it is obvious that Creon is the true tragic hero due to Antigones lacking of a key quality Temporary insanity a quality that seems to be necessary to be found in a Greek tragic hero for the sake of the plot is found in both of our leading characters in this tale The incredibly strong will to defy the law of Creon and bury her brother can account for the temporary insanity that Antigone displays because although she knows the consequences will be dire she does not flinch They say that Creon has sworn no one shall bury him no one mourn for him And now you can prove what you are A true sister or a traitor to your familyprologue 19-27 Antigone said to Ismene who responded by saying Antigone you are mad What could I possible doPrologue 28 This shows the determination Antigone has blind to Ismenes reasoning and when Ismene begins to back down more the conversation gets heated Ismene says she will keep Antigones plans a secret and Antigone says Oh tell it Tell Everyone Think how theyll hate you when it all comes out if they learn that you knew about it all the timePrologue 69-71 Ismene responds by saying So fiery You should be cold with fearPrologue 72 Antigones at prevents her from being scared at all Creons temporary insanity is quite different because it lasts throughout most of the play He is under false visions which blind him from seeing reason You
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