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antigone analysis

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In the story of Antigone, an argument of who is the main character between

Antigone and Creon exists. I firmly believe Creon is the protagonist of the play due to

his role as the key figure of the entire story and being a the traditional tragic hero in the

end. Creon ends up to be one of those typical fallen heroes in Greek drama. He faces

many conflicts, internally and externally, and undergoes quite a bit of painful emotions.

One might argue Antigone should receive the title of being the main character, but Creon

plays the more significant role by learning his lesson the hard way and ending up to the

classic tragic hero who loses everything at the end of the dramatic play. Anitgone could

be considered the antagonist who had a dispute with Creon until her tragic death. The

main character doesn’t have to the title of the story named after him or her but is the one

with the most interactions with other characters with a tragic ending.

From this Greek tragedy, Creon faces many different conflicts as the king of

Thebes. He ends up losing Antigone, his potential daughter-in-law due to his stubborn

actions and his wife and son through suicide because of Creon’s actions. Antigone

disobeyed a declaration of Creon's of not burying the traitor, Polynices. As the sister of

Polynices, she breaks Creon’s law to satisfy the gods, so she tries to do the right thing

and buries Polynices. When Creon finds out, he sentences her to death by closing up a

cave with her in it. After regretting what he had done, Creon takes his servants to reopen

the cave entrance to end up witnessing that Antigone had hanged himself. Haemon,

Creon’s son and the fiancé of Antigone, hurries into the cave thinking she is dead. At

this point, Haemon gets angry enough to attack Creon but fails to kill his own father.

Out of anger and remorse, he ended up killing himself with his ...

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