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Most people look up to heroes, like athletes, actors, fire fighters, or police men. But in Sopholes’ play Antigone, there were two tragic heroes, Antigone was the tragic heroine. A tragic hero is someone who is not completely good or completely bad, someone who falls from tremendous good and recognizes their tragic flaw. In these three ways Antigone was the tragic heroine.
There are many ways Antigone proves she is a good person, such as when she wants to bury her brother, Polyneices,” But Polyneices who fought as bravely and died as miserably…” (693). One way that shows she was not as good as we all thought was when she yelled at her sister Ismene. “And now you can prove what you are: a true sister, or a traitor to your family” (693). And that is why she is neither good nor bad.
Pride brought Antigone down throughout the play. For instance when she accepted her punishment for burying Polyneices, “I should have praise and honor for what I have done. All these men would praise me” (710). Here is another way, her pride got in her way, she yelled at Ismene, “Yes save yourself, I shall not envy you. There are those who will praise you. I shall have honor too” (711). Antigone’s pride killed her.
By the end of the play, Antigone recognized that her pride got her where she was. She realized it when she was going to her death, and when the chorus said she had a choice. “You have made your choice your death is the doing of your conscious hand.” (724). She recognized her error at the worst possible time.
As you can see Antione has all the qualities of a tragic hero. I think she was the tragic heroine because she did what she believed in, which made her a good person. She did something and did not care what the punishment was, which made her proud. She also did what everyone else wanted to do but they did not have the guts to do it, which made her recognize her error. She loved her brother, ...
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