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There is still a great debate on who is in fact the true tragic hero in Sophocles Antigone Many hold that it must be Antigone herself after all the play does bear her name I conclude that she is the actual heroine for she perfectly exemplifies the meaning of tragic hero In order to determine whether or not Antigone is the true tragic hero one will first have to answer the question what is a tragic hero Aristotle when discussing the nature of such a hero in his theory of drama states that such a hero is neither purely innocent nor purely evil This person is usually born high in the ranks of society and must also possess a tragic flaw which originates from within and usually manifests itself through poor judgment andor extreme arrogance The tragic flaw also dooms the character to a ruinous and inevitable destiny In a tragedy this should arouse pity in the audience and the character should show to have recognized the essential actuality Antigone has all of these qualities and therefore she is the true tragic heroine The first qualifying aspect is that Antigone is of a high social standing in Thebes Because of her high standing she is capable of great suffering in that she has a lot of fame and regard to lose Since she was to be married to Creons son Haemon the whole city seemed to know how tragic her life had become Through her proud and unrelenting character Antigone is determined to give her brother a rightful burial despite Creons edict At first Antigone seeks the help of her sister Ismene but when she realizes the fear and submissive attitude Ismene possesses she disregards it as even an option This is another example of perhaps Antigones tragic flaw her own haughtiness As the tale continues Antigone does indeed bury her brother but is caught by Creon In doing so however she wins
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