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The characters in the play Antigone all suffer a downfall of some sort The major characters suffer the most though In this short essay I will document on how the two main characters Creon and Antigone both inevitably become tragic heroes The first example that I observed in Antigone was her self-righteous plight to bury her brother She believes that what she is doing is right and that she will do it no matter what the consequences because he was her brother her blood This establishes the first part of a tragic hero the part about doing something for the good of someone else rather for than the greater glory of doing it The first impression that Creon made upon me was his stern ironclad manner and ethical code When the reader is first introduced to Creon his or her first impression is that Creon will eventually die as the villain does in nearly any play movie novel etc But in actuality Creon suffers the most of all losing his one key to immortality his son I ruled out that Antigone probably was a tragic hero to a lesser extent however when she started to question her actions A real hero of any sort always does what they think is right Since Creon still hadnt changed his mind at that point I was perplexed on who would become the one who regretted their actions later and was eventually going to experience a catharsis Haimon was the silent tragic hero of the play suffering at the hands of his strict father Haimon remained loyal up to a certain point until the question of whether Creons decision was possibly the right one Haimon established himself as a tragic hero when he tried to kill Creon in revenge for Antigones suicide Haimon not only lost Antigones love he lost his life Earlier I mentioned Antigones self-righteousness Creon had an egotistical point of view as well Antigone thought at
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