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Antigone Questions 5 and 7 Antigone is considered a tragic hero because she has a number of flaws that lead to her downfall. Tragic heroes are always from royal families. Antigone fits this profile because Creon, the King of Thebes, is her uncle. Her main tragic flaw is that she has hubris, which is excessive pride. Throughout the play, we notice Antigone’s independence and courage when she stands up to Creon. She believes that it is more important to follow the gods’ rules, rather than the King’s orders. However, since she has a sense of excessive pride, we can foreshadow that this may lead to her downfall. For instance, Antigone chooses togive her brother, Polynices, a proper burial, even when Creon forbids it. She disobeyes Creon’s orders and stands up for what she truly believes in. Another flaw she has is a sense of stubbornness. Antigone does not once change her mind about her decisions. Consequently, Creon has more reason to force

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