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Who was the tragic hero in antigone? creon or antigone? 10th grade essay.


LMR_jklmnop 1 / -  
May 19, 2009   #1
here is my question who was the tragic hero in antigone? creon or antigone? prove it.
this is what i came up with. please give me feedback as soon as possible its due tomm.

Who was the tragic hero in Antigone?
In the story Antigone, the tragic hero is always the protagonist's flaw. In that case Creon is the tragic hero in this story. Creon's tragic flaw is overconfidence.

Creon is one of the main characters. Creon believes that Polyneices should not be allowed any appearance of burial since he fought his own brother for the throne and caused a battle. Creon killed his son & wife.

Anitgone is the sister of Polyneices. Creon sent Polyneices to death. The blind prophet Teirasias tried warning Antigone that fate was on its way but he ignored him. Now antigone is paying the price of living away from reality. Creon's ruling is both offensive and unreasonable.

All that happened could have been prevented if Creon learned to put aside his pride and listen to reason as well as warnings. If he did so, Creon would have found that Antigone didn't deserve a death sentence for burying her own brother even if he was a traitor for "there is no guilt in reverence for the dead." Creon was blinded by his pride. Self-importance has brought Creon nothing but pain and suffering when it frankly caused the damage of his family.

Creon failed to pay attention to obvious warnings and failed to see understandable reasoning when egotism corrupted his judgement. He was truly a tragic hero with a tragic end all due to his pride. Everyone has flaws but overconfidence is something that can bring about much damage and can lead to some one's end.

pia 2 / 2  
May 20, 2009   #2
IMHO...

I think you can define both characters with 2 separate paragraphs.Then you can add your conclusion and it looks more clear and brief. You can state your conclusion like "As a conclusion Creon was a truly a tragic hero with a tragic end all due to his pride and his overconfidence. Because everyone has flaws, but overconfidence is something that can bring about much damage and can lead to some one's end."

good luck and Namaste ! :)
EF_Kevin 8 / 13,334 129  
May 20, 2009   #3
Great advice from Pia.

That question is great, too, because it challenges you to write in terms of a definition for a "tragic hero." Your reasoning is sound, but I think you should spend some time in para #1 explaining what it means to be a tragic hero. That way, you can make your case.

You also have to show how Antigone does NOT meet the description as much.

Do those things, and it will be a high-quality argument. Your writing and reasoning are excellent.
EF_Sean 6 / 3,491  
May 31, 2009   #4
This sentence does not make sense: "In the story Antigone, the tragic hero is always the protagonist's flaw." Do you mean that the tragic hero is always the tragically flawed protagonist? Or that Antigone, as the protagonist, is, by her flawed nature, the tragic hero of the play?


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