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AntigoneTragic Hero In Greek literature a tragic hero is based upon an individual having several of the following qualities having a high social position in society not being overly good or bad being persistent or stubborn in their actions having a single flaw that brings about their own death and the death of others and obtaining pity from the audience Antigone was a prime example of a Greek tragic hero Antigone being the daughter of Oedipus obtained a high social standing in Thebes Prior to his self-exile from Thebes Oedipus was the citys king Because of her high standing in society Antigone was capable of great suffering in that she had a reputation and a vast amount of respect to lose Antigones good side is demonstrated by her insistence on respecting her brother Polyneices right to be buried in the religious tradition of Greece The Greeks believed that it was of most importance to bury a person who died in battle so that their soul may continue on in the after life Antigone is willing to risk her own life so that Polyneices can have to proper burial that she so strongly feels he deserved but I will bury him and if I must die I say that this crime is holy I shall lie down with him in death and I shall be dear to him as he to me Prologue line 57-59 Having a fatal flaw is one of the characteristics of a Greek tragic hero Antigones fatal flaw is her rash and headstrong behavior Like father like daughter both headstrong deaf to reason Ode I Scene II line 85 Her headstrong behavior is displayed twice in the play The first such display is her decision to take matters into her own hands and bury her brother Polyneices Creon finds out about the burial and in order to have credibility with the citizens of Thebes he must follow through with the
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