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Antigone is the drama written by Sohpocles There is still a great debate on who is the true tragic hero in Sophocles Antigone Creon or Antigone Many people believes that it must be Antigone herself This is because Antigone is an outstanding example of someone who did what she thought was right while she was among fools many hardships and people who were discouragingly uncourageous When the king Creon ordered that the body of Polyneices Antigones brother be left to rot unburied because he had died as a traitor she tried to buried him even she knew that she would be punished She believed that a dead persons soul could not rest if that persons body was not buried so she chooses to challenge a powerful Creon the king of Thebes in order to let her brother rest peacefully This presents a huge problem for Antigone she feels she must obey the laws of the gods and bury her brother but the penalty would be earthly death To me Antigone is a hero what she did for her brother was very respectful not many could have the strength to do so in the same situation However I believe the true tragic hero in Sophocles Antigone is Creon not Antigone Creon as king of Thebes is at the top of the social ladder Yet not only is he king he is also human and possesses frailties which qualify him to make serious mistakes and he possesses talents which allow him also to excel Hence Creon is neither overly good nor bad Appropriately Creons station as king place shim in a position of great power influence and responsibility The extent of this power was quite evident when he sentenced Antigone to death for disobeying his proclamation Creons tragic flaw was his hubris or his pride and arrogance in the face of divine powers His downfall began when he denied the basic divine right of burial
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