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In Sophocles drama Antigone the protagonist can be easily mistaken Many readers might think Antigone is the protagonist of the drama but others may argue that Creon may be the leading character and protagonist Both obviously have the traits of a hero or heroin Many different aspects throughout the drama can easily persuade the reader one way or another Antigone is a young woman in a male society who tries to break the law set by Creon the king of Thebes by providing a proper burial for her dead brother Her attitude towards the laws set and her rebellion against them is what causes Antigone to face death The decisions she makes throughout Sophocles drama can easily show that she is the protagonist The reader may also assume Antigone is the protagonist merely by reading the title of the drama When she chooses not to accept the new law set forth by the king Antigone is choosing to face death When Antigone is asked if she buried her brother breaking the law she states I did it I dont deny a thing 492 This statement shows her owning up to her actions and choosing the fate she must face Her stubbornness is what kills Antigone by the end of the drama and also makes her the protagonist Antigone tries to reason with Creon by referring to the gods It wasnt Zeus not in the least who made this proclamation--not to me Nor did that Justice dwelling with the gods Beneath the earth ordain such laws for men Nor did I think your edict had such force That you a mere mortal could override the gods The great unwritten unshakable traditions 499-505 Her reluctance to accept the new law set by Creon only angers him more and accelerates her fate to death Creon on the other hand can also be viewed as the
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