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Antigone The Tragic Hero Antigone is a classic work that never ceases to be analyzed by critics and students around the world The debate over who is the real tragic hero of Sophocles play Antigone is a topic that is heavily discussed To this day there is still no agreement Some people believe that Antigone is the real tragic hero of this tragedy while others believe that the hero is in fact her uncle Creon It is logical to say that Antigone is the tragic hero of Antigone more so than Creon because she is a likeable character extracts pity from the audience and her plight affects many To begin Creons character is less likeable to the audience From his very first lines in the play it is established that he believes that his royalty makes him superior to all No man can be fully known in soul and spirit and mind until he hath been seen versed in rule and law-givingOates 278 He makes it clear to everyone that he has the final say in matters of the land He makes the laws and everyone else has to abide by them Creon thinks that if the gods give him the power make up any law he so pleases that it is obvious that it shall be followed because it is their will that he rule In this play the audience knows even if not a t first that Antigone is right in her actions and Creon is wrong Creon knows deep down inside that he is wrong However he does not want to be known for backing down to a woman In Greek the word translated as I obey actually mean I get myself persuaded Classic Pages 1 Creon would be ashamed if he were to obey a woman Antigone on the other hand is seen as a do gooder She wants to bury her brother not to offend anyone
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