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Tragic Hero Essay
The play Antigone, written by Sophocies, is a great example of a classical Greek tragedy. For years, there has been a debate weather Antigone or Creon is the tragic hero. The king of Thebes, Creon has some qualities of a tragic character, but doesn’t have all of the necessary traits. However, Antigone contains all the traits that are require to be a tragic hero, especially three traits. In Sophocles’s Antigone, Antigone is the tragic hero because she is not completely good, nor completely bad, recognizes her own error and accepts its consequences, and meets a tragic end.

One way that Antigone is the tragic hero is because she is neither completely good nor bad. One example of this would be when she buries her brother, Polyneices. This show she is bad at disobeying the state’s law because now the people would disobey the laws and wouldn’t care. The laws of Thebes would then be disobeyed and nobody would listen. She thinks she can disobey the law, which is not good for Thebes. Another way Antigone is good when she says, “I dared. It was not God’s proclamation. That final Justice that rules the world below makes no such laws. “(Scene 2, line 57-58) This show that Antigone just wanted to do the right decision of what she thought was right to do. She believes in what is right and what State’s law is right. She did something that wasn’t so bad. She just wanted her brother to be buried. Lastly Antigone shows the good side when she says “Because I would not transgress the laws of heaven.” (Scene 4, line 80) This shows that she respects the laws of god and wants to obey them by honoring his brother Polyneices. In addition of her being neither good nor bad, Antigone recognizes her own error and accepts its consequences. For instance, Antigone recognizes her error when she says, “I do. I deny nothing.” (Scene 2, line 52) This shows that she doesn’t regret of what she has done. She has no shame because she is proud of the fact that she never denied...