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Tragic or Modern Hero A tragic hero is shown in both the plays Oedipus the King and Antigone written by Sophocles Oedipus and Creon are both tragic heros with many similarities and differences Antigone however is more of a true modern hero rather that an ancient Greek tragic hero Oedipus is self-confident intelligent and strong willed Ironically these are the very traits which bring about his tragic discovery Creon on the other hand does what the people want him to do and does not do what he feels right which leads him to his downfall Antigone has an ideal example of the human ability to choose right over wrong All these characters help to shows these qualities throughout the plays so the audience has a better understanding of them Oedipus brings his on down fall upon himself right from the beginning of Oedipus the King Oedipus was so determined to find the killer of King Laius saying I pray solemnly that the slayer whoever he be whether his hidden guilt is lonely or has partners may he wear his unblest life out evilly as he is evil And for myself I pray that if with my privity he should become an inmate of my house I may suffer the same things which I have just called down upon others Oedipus the King 82 Creons motive of determination was not to back down from his word and law The law was whoever buries Polynecies would be publicly stoned to death since Polyneices did not deserve a proper burial for his actions in war Creon later finds out that Antigone has Marsico 2 buried her brother and Creon replies Now verily I am no man she is the man if this victory shall est with her and bring no penalty No Though she is my sisters child or near to me in blood than any that worships Zeus at the altar
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