Essay On Sophocles' Antigone

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Heroes come in many forms.  Some immense in size and strength as Hercules, some in the form of people that are shunned, such as Harriet Tubman, and some that are only valorous heroes to some, such as Kurt Cobain.  These heroes have many characteristics that make people flock to their side and follow them without a moment of hesitation.    In Sophocles' Antigone the hero is a women who believes in her heart far stronger than that of her leader's rule.  Sophecles shows many of Antigone’s characteristics that are also seen in many heroes.  She is up against an impossible enemy, she does not fit well into society's mold, and is destroyed by her own pride. ...view middle of the document...

  Remind ourselves that we are women, and such not made to fight with men.  For might unfortunately is right and makes us bow to things like this and worse.” Antigone sees herself as not only one who can defy the power of the Gods but the power of the state.  Thus she would be up against a force greater than her own.
 Second, another characteristics of a tragic hero is that the person does not always fit into society's mold.  The tragic hero is usually one who wants change, yet also needs the peace that goes along with stability.  A tragic hero usually thinks that they in their right mind when yet the rest of the society thinks that they are mad. Antigone has said, "Say that I am mad, and madly let me risk the worst that I can suffer and the best.”  This shows that although Antigone thinks what she is doing is right; she also does not care how the other members of society deem her for the action.  Antigone also must believe that she must be different from not only society but also members of her family.  Creon notes on this when he is asking her about his proclamation "O, she's the man, not I, if she can walk away unscathed!  I swear I hardly care if she were my sister's child, or linked to me by blood more closely than any member of my hearth and home.”  This should also show one that Creon does not care about her nobility and that he will treat her just like one any other member of society....

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