Who Is the Tragic Hero, Antigone or Creon? This

Who Is the Tragic Hero, Antigone or Creon? This analysis is to determine the character that fits the tragic hero profile; it was completely based according to the Aristotelian idea of tragic hero and it is understood that hero is: neither purely evil or purely wicked; the hero must born in the high social status, and he/she must possess a tragic flaw which is proper from the inner side of the character; it usually manifests in the form of poor judgment and or arrogance, condemning him/herself into a catastrophic finality and in the meanwhile, establishes other characters destiny (Eschbach 02/17,). Either Antigone or Creon is situated in the highest level of the social hierarchy. Creon became the king of Thebes, after his two nephews killed each other over the throne; Antigone (Creons niece), was an orphan who happened to be Creons future daughter in law. Both presented moral values, differing exclusively on the situation they were applied. Creons actions towards the people reflected honesty and equal treatment upon the laws he made. Antigones actions towards the burial of her brother (although he fought against his country, she taught that he deserved to be buried), reflected fidelity and respect upon the religious tradition and the gods laws. However, both presented hubris, which made either one wrong.; Creon would not accept anybodys disobedience against his laws, and Antigone, on the other hand, would not give up on her brothers burial. In this case, Creon is wrong because he does not have the right to choose the person that could be buried; his laws could not intervene the gods laws. Antigone is just as wrong as Creon. By disobeying the mens laws, she automatically disobeyed the gods laws as well. After a profound analysis of the tragedy, I strongly think that Antigone is not able to be a tragic heroine. Although she encounters the high status of the social hierarchy, her hubris, her …

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