12 February 2015
Consideration of Antigone
Antigone is a tragedy that tests even today’s readers with the dilemma of man’s law and the laws of man’s religion. One can easily see the side of her moral obligation as well as her obligation of relation and love, since Polyneices was also her brother. Such a dilemma, crossed with the law of the land and the law of her faith, still vex men and women today. Although Antigone met a tragic end, the tragic hero in this story is Creon. Below, why Creon fits Aristotle’s description of a tragic hero will be discussed as well as why Antigone or other characters do not fit.
When examining Aristotle’s description of a tragic hero, it is important to look at each part of his description as opposed to just looking at one or two points in his description. If one only examines the first part of his description, it would be easy to confuse Antigone as a tragic hero. The first point of Aristotle’s tragic hero is that they “should be noble, their status in the community should be such that their actions will have effects beyond their own immediate welfare, and they are leaders or rulers, but not always (PowerPoint, 16). Looking at this first point, one could easily confuse Antigone, Haimon, Ismene and Creon as a tragic hero. They are all of noble birth. Antigone and Ismene are the daughters of the late Oedipus, sisters of the two bothers whom murdered each other fighting over their city, Eteocles and Polyneices. Likewise, Creon and Haimon are also of noble birth. After Eteocles and Polyneices die in battle, Creon comes to rule “as next in blood” (Sophocles, 192). By examining this one point of Aristotle’s tragic hero, one could be confused on which one of these it could be. Examining Aristotle’s farther points on a tragic hero is necessary.
Aristotle’s second point of a tragic hero is that “despite their nobility, they are not free from error but possess a tragic...
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