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Was Antigone a Tragic HeroineTragedy to be at its finest requires a complex not a simple structure and its structure should also imitate fearful and pitiful events These words of wisdom come from the great philosopher Aristotle Antigone written by Sophocles exemplifies Aristotles definition of tragedy and more precise the tragic heroine Antigone the main characterheroine in this tragic tale risks her life to bury her brother Polyneices As she pleased the Gods she was punished by family member and king Creon Antigone parallels Aristotles definition of a tragic heroine because she attains a fatal flaw and instills fear and pity into the audienceAntigones fatal flaw is that she is stubborn Antigone was determined to bury her brother regardless of any punishment she would receive for it In fact she knew what the repercussions were before she buried him and yet she still chose to do it She wouldnt even lie about it when Creon asked her if she confesses she said I deny nothing 208 This cannot more blatantly illustrate how stubborn she is She dies because of her stubbornness Antigone most likely gets her stubborn side from Oedipus If Oedipus would have listened to the prophet and not have been so stubborn in searching for the truth he would have never found out he killed his dad and married his mom If she would have just listened to what Creon ordered or lied about it than she probably would have lived throughout the play But if she would have lived there would be no point to the play In order to fulfill the tragedy she must die This is why she possesses the fatal flaw stubbornnessAlong with giving Antigone a fatal flaw Sophocles also makes us the audience pity her The way he writes the play makes the audience feel sorry for her We feel pity for this poor little girl who is being sentenced to death by evil King Creon
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