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Antigone There has always been a bit of confusion as to the tragic hero of the Greek Drama Antigone Many assume that simply because the play is named for Antigone that she is the tragic hero However evidence supports that Creon and not Antigone is the tragic hero of the play Examining the factors that create a Greek Tragedy and a tragic character it is clear that the tragic hero is in fact Creon First take into account the timeframe in which Antigone was written During the time of Sophocles women were considered second class citizens They would not even be permitted to act in the drama Antigone It seems unlikely that Sophocles would choose a woman as the tragic hero of the play There are certain qualities that a character must posses in order to qualify as a tragic hero Ideally the tragic hero is a person of some status usually king Although the fact that Antigone was part of the royal lineage being a descendent of Oedipus Creons position of King of Thebes suits a tragic character much more effectively Also at the end of the play it is customary for the tragic hero to have lost everything to be reduced to nothing At the end of Antigone Creon had lost his kingdom his son his wife and his will to live but is doomed to live on in his pain Antigone loses her life but it was not a loss in vain for she did accomplish what she set out to do It is questionable as to whether Antigone was seeking martyrdom but she certainly did become one dying for her beliefs The most important characteristic of the tragic hero is the tragic flaw the one attribute that causes the inevitable downfall of the character It is argued that Antigones tragic flaw was stubbornness She is called stubborn in the play by Creon and also by the chorus Yet some
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