Does Antigen earn the title of tragic hero In Sophocles’ play Antigen? In most Greek tragedies ,the title of the play is the name of the tragic hero. I strongly believe that Antigen is the tragic hero of the play because she has a tragic flaw, the play focuses on mostly her actions, and her story best describes what a Greek tragedy is. The play, Antigen takes place In the Creek city of Ergative. It Is the story of a queen-to-be, Antigen, and her losing her two brothers in a war against each other.
Antigen’s uncle, Croon, takes the throne ,and because Policies was a traitor in his opinion, he did not deserve to be buried. Croon says that whoever buries Policies would be stoned to death. The Greeks believed that If you didn’t bury the dead, their soul would never go to heaven. Antigen did not want this to happen to her brother. Antigen’s sister, Kinsmen, does not want to break Croons law nor did she want to be stoned to death. Kinsmen cannot convince Antigen to not bury their brother Policies. Later in the play, Kinsmen does realize that what Antigen did was the right thing.
In Greek tragedies, tragic flaw Is defined as a characteristic that leads the main character to his or her own downfall. Tragedies tell the story of a reversal of retune, from good to bad, experienced by a man or woman of noble birth. In all Greek tragedies, and other tragedies the mall character ends up dying. There are three characters that could qualify as the tragic hero In Antigen, but I believe that one of the three characters is more worthy of the title. The three characters that I believe could be the tragic hero in the play Antigen are Antigen, Policies, or Croon.
Croon could be the tragic hero in Antigen because Just like Antigen he also has a tragic flaw. Croons tragic flaw Is that he Is arrogant, and does not Like to listen to other people’s opinion. Croon is also quick to judge others. Croon is born of noble birth Just like Antigen. Croon is the king of Ergative and the kingdom is not doing so well. Things don’t go exactly Screen’s and Antagonist’ way. Croon should not be the tragic hero because he does not die In the end of the story.. Croon does not lose any of his fortune at the end of the play; however, he does lose all his family members.
In Antigen Croon is the only major character that does not die. At the beginning of the play, Croon finds out that someone has buried Policies and his servant tells him that Croon accuses the servant of committing the crime. Croon believes that the servant’s motivation was influenced by money. Croon believes that money influences people to do bad things. Another example of Croon not using his head is when he accuses Antigen and Kinsmen of rebelling against him. Screen’s decisions cost him his only son, Hairpin. Holman tells Croon “Not here, no; she will not die here king. (Page 844, scene 3, line 141). Holman tells Croon that he is the only one who believes that killing Antigen is the wrong thing to do. Croon says “My voice is the one voice giving orders in this Scene 3, page 843, line 111- 112) . Hammond also says hat Croon should listen to what other people think about his decision Croon replies “And the city proposes to teach me how to 3, page 842, line 107-108). Hammond threatens Croon that he will leave unless Antigen is spared. Hair-non says “And you will never see my face again.
Go on on raving as long as you have a friend to endure you”. (Page , Scene 3 ) Croon does not want to appear as a weak leader, so he does not take any advice given to him by his family or servants. Croon is willing to lose his son in order to show what a strong leader he is. Screen’s tragic flaw does not cause his death, so this eliminates him from being title character. Policies could be the tragic hero of the play because he dies and was born of noble birth. Policies also loses everything because he gets banished from the kingdom by his younger brother Testicles.
Policies doesn’t do anything except revolt against his brother because he is standing up for what he believes in. Policies was the oldest son of Oedipus and the oldest child would get the kingdom after their parents die. This was not the case for Policies, causing him to revolt against his brother Testicles. Policies flaw was his Jealousy of his brother. I think that Policies could have avoided going to war with his brother Testicles. This would not have gotten both brothers killed and allowing Croon to take control. I also believe that Policies role in the play Antigen was not as significant as Croon or Antigen.
Because of his lack of significance in the play, I feel policies does not qualify as the title character. My fixed opinion is that Antigen is the tragic hero of the play for multiple reasons and it is because of these reasons that I believe she is the tragic hero. Antagonist tragic flaw gets her killed at the end of the play Just like Policies tragic flaw gets himself killed. Antigen’s tragic flaw is that she will not deny burying her brother. I strongly believe that this tragic flaw only applies to the play Antigen and not in real life.
Croon does not believe that Antigen would have buried Policies. Croon even asks her “Did you not here me declare my new law about burying the traitor Policies? ” . Than Antigen replies “l heard your new law loud and clear Croon”. Antigen was born into the ruling family of the city of Ergative. Antigen loses everything and all her loved ones. Also I think that Antigen had to deal with more pain and lose than anyone else in the play. These reasons are what drove me to believe that Antigen is the tragic hero of the play. I mulishly believe that the play is properly titled Antigen.
Croon, Policies, and Antigen were all noble birth. Policies and Antigen both lose their loved ones. They also both die in the play and Croon is only one in the family left to rule. I think the major difference between Croon and Antigen is that Croon does not care if his family dies until everyone he loves does die. While Antigen does care about all of her loses throughout the entire play. Croon does not realize that he loses everything he loves by the end of the play and Antigen does. Croon even loses his son Hammond who is next in line to rule Ergative.
Hammond is going to marry Antigen but can not if she is dead. Lastly, in all of Sophocles plays all of his protagonists display “unshakable willpower”. Also I indomitably believe that Croon is the antagonist in the play, so he cannot be the protagonist as well. This would make Antigen the only other major character qualified to be the protagonist. Croon and Antigen both express unshakable willpower, but Croon loses his willpower at the end of the play. For it is these reason that I greatly believe Antigen is the tragic hero of the play Antigen, and makes her stand out above all other characters.