ENGL paper 2 draft 1 - Whitney Niles Professor Howard ENGL...

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Whitney Niles Professor Howard ENGL 1102 February 2008 “The Tragic Hero” In Sophocles’ play, “Antigone,” there are two characters for this component as tragic hero. A tragic hero is a major character that shows nobility, but has a fatal flaw which eventually leads to their demise. Although the ending is unpleasant, the tragic hero learns from his or her faults before the story is over and acquires the label of tragic hero. Creon and Antigone are both victims of tragic flaw and they have characteristics that identify them as tragic heroes. Many presuppose that simply because the play is named Antigone, that she is the tragic hero. Through evidence of Creon’s pride and strong will in his realization of his tragic flaw, it is clear that he is the tragic hero of “Antigone.” In addition to these qualities, Creon plays a more vital role in the play by being a part of every scene which appends to his title. In the beginning of the play, Creon makes a decree that denies a proper burial for Polynices, the brother of Antigone, who dies in battle against his brother, Etiocles. If any individual decides to go against the will of his decree, they would face punishment by death. By
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This note was uploaded on 03/20/2008 for the course ENGL 1102 taught by Professor Cantremember during the Spring '08 term at University of Georgia Athens.

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ENGL paper 2 draft 1 - Whitney Niles Professor Howard ENGL...

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