Antigone - Heroes

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-In Sophocles' Antigone the hero is a woman who believes in her heart far stronger than that of her leader's rule. Antigone is up against an impossible enemy, she does not fit well into society's mold, and is destroyed by her own pride. For these characteristics Antigone is given the title of an epic Heroine.

-Antigone is one of the lucky townsfolk to be born of a royal house. As Antigone defies Creon's law, she is cast into a pool of danger between what she believes is right and what the state's law decrees is right. As Antigone is charged with the burying of her brother, an action, which the King has declared unlawful, she holds like stone to her undying gratitude for her deceased brother. She believes that this will help lift the curse plagued on the household.

-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.

- The role of a tragic hero is one that Antigone plays extremely well. Although she dies at the end of this play, Antigone feels no regret in what she has done. She also shows that she is proud of the fact that she never denied burying...