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Like all works of tragedy Sophocles Antigone is written surrounding the life of a tragic hero A tragic hero holds similar characteristics in all works of tragedy It can be defined as a character who was born a noble birth suffered a tragic flaw or hamartia and over the course of time has had a tragic realization and come to understand his or her harmatia It is clear by the title of this play that the audience is to believe that Antigone will represent the tragic hero However it can be greatly debated that Creon king of Thebes is the true protagonist and tragic hero for Sophocles play Superficially Antigone can be seen as the tragic hero of this play She definitely fits the characteristics of a noble woman being that she was the daughter of the late king Oedipus Her tragic flaw could be viewed that she does not fit into her role in society Within the first few pages of the play her sister lets the audience know the true role of women in that time period Ismene cautiously points out that Antigone is not acting among her appropriate status in society as a second class citizen to the male race She more directly says You ought to realize we are only women not meant in nature to fight against men and that we are ruled by those who are stronger 71-73 Antigone can be viewed as a strong character although her unwillingness to listen to reason may be the audiences initial belief that this is her tragic flaw Even later in the play when she is confessing her actions to Creon she openly admits that his requests for the nonexistent burial of her brother did not affect her decision She goes on to defy Creon and degrade him by saying I did not believe your proclamation had such power to enable one who will someday die to override Gods ordinances496-499 Antigone
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