Antigone: Most Tragic Hero
Jessie Romelus English I Mrs. Joseph March 14,2011 Antigone: the Most Tragic Hero Sophocles Playwright, The Three Plebian Plays: Antigone, Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus written by Sophocles, is one of the many plays that shows the audience heroic figures and the outcome of being exposed to fate. Creon and Anitgone both show nobility throughout the play showing that they are both admirable and human. Antigone copes with the situation she has fallen in. She rebels the governments decree so she could have a proper burial for her deceased brother.
Doing this Antigone did not only prove that she is brave and showed great fortitude, but in the process Antigone also defends her faithfulness for her family. This makes Antigone the tragic hero because she suffers and succeeds as well. Antigone suffers dieing a horrific death but succeeds in giving her brother the proper burial he deserved. Antigone is seen as a tragic hero when she states. “I will bury him myself. And even if I die in the act, that death will be a glory. I will lie with the one I love and loved by him-“(Sophocles 87).
This passage proves that Antigone does not fear death at this point if it means honoring her brother with a proper burial. It also shows the strength Antigone has as a noble character. Fearless and confident, Antigone shows great faithfulness until the end for her brother. Antigone committed herself to the “goal” of burying her brother fearless of her fateful future, death. Great pity is shown for Antigone in the audience as Anitgone says, “ Oh god, the voice of death. It’s come, its here”(Antigone 1025). They fear for her and her life.
They know that Antigone destined future (death) is closer and Antigone is aware. They fear that her time has come to pay the price of going against the governments decree. But the audience really sees that death is coming upon her when Creon states, “True, Not a word of hope – your doom is sealed” (Antigone 1026). The audience shows great pity here as well because she is facing the death penalty for having the respect and faithfulness to have the proper burial for her brother. She has come so far going against Creon standing up for what she believed in to honor her brother.
Antigone is punished for defending her ideals; she is walled up in a tomb and abandoned. Even though Antigone has very admirable qualities, to Creon she was an arrogant pest who to be silent and not heard as he thought women should be. She was making him look powerless because she fearlessly went against his decree. “ This girl was an old hand at insolence when she overrode the edicts we made public”(Sophocles 536). Antigone fights for her beliefs through her fight but stands up brave and tall to burying her brother.
Antigone could be called independent because by herself, she buries her brother alone and faces the consequences alone with great bravery. Even though Antigone knew she was going to die if she buried her brother she did it anyway to show respect for her brother and family. Although Creon could have been considered a noble character because he defends his city and his power, he does grieve the loss of the brother, mother, and father like Antigone. However, Antigone endures more personal burdens; noone to save her from doom.
Creon did not work himself as Antigone did, burying her brother with no fear of what would become it. He did show himself as a noble character as Antigone. Creon used minions to do his work, in fear of what would happen if he had killed her directly. Ultimately, this shows that Antigone shows herself as a noble character by her guarding, protecting, and defending her moral beliefs. In this Antigone again proves her place as the tragic hero. Work Cited Sophocles, The Three Theban Plays: Antigone, Oedipus, the King,Oedipus at Colonus. Trans. Robert Fagles. Penguin Classic, 1984