The debate over who is the tragic hero in Antigone continue on to this
day. The belief that Antigone is the hero is a strong one. There are many
critics who believe, however, that Creon, the Ruler of Thebes, is the true
protagonist. I have made my own judgments also, based on what I have researched
of this work by Sophocles.
Antigone is widely thought of as the tragic hero of the play bearing her
name. She would seem to fit the part in light of the fact that she dies in
doing what is right. She buries her brother without worrying what might happen
to her. She "Takes into consideration death and the reality that may be beyond
death" (Hathorn 59). Those who do believe that Antigone was meant to be the
true tragic hero argue against others who believe that Creon deserves that honor.
They say that the Gods were against Creon, and that he did not truly love his
country. "His patriotism is to narrow and negative and his conception of justice
is too exclusive... to be dignified by the name of love for the state" (Hathorn
59). These arguments, and many others, make many people believe the Antigone is
the rightful protagonist.
Many critics argue that Creon is the tragic hero of Antigone. They say
that his noble quality is his caring for Antigone and Ismene when their
was persecuted. Those who stand behind Creon also argue that Antigone never had
a true epiphany, a key element in being a tragic hero. Creon, on the other hand,
realized his mistake when Teiresias made his prophecy. He is forced to live,
knowing that three people are dead because of his ignorance, which is a
punishment worse than death.
My opinion on this debate is that Antigone is the tragic hero. She
tries to help her brother without worrying about what will happen to her. She
says, "I intend to give my brother burial. I'll be glad to die in the attempt,
-if it's a crime, then it's a crime that God commands" (Sophocles 4). She... [continues]
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