The question that is being asked is who is the tragic hero of the play Antigone, well here it is. The tragic hero could be either Antigone or Creon, because of these guidelines from Aristole. Just because the story is about someone doesn’t mean they are the tragic hero “Even though the story is titled Antigone, it is not necessary that Antigone be the tragic hero”. “ A Tragic Hero is usually of noble birth, tragic flaw, and downfall. Reversal of fortune brought about by the hero's tragic flaw, His actions result in an increase of self- awareness and self-knowledge. It could be either Creon or Antigone because they both come from noble descent (Oedipus). They both also have a tragic flaw, Creon’s flaw is his pride, Antigone is her outspokenness. The downfall for both of them is that Antigone does not follow the rules and is sentenced to death when she gives her brother a burial. Creon then sentences her to death because of his pride, which ends up making her kill her self, then by her killing herself Haimon her fiancée kills himself. When Haimon kills himself, then so does his mother. When Creon hears of his loved ones death, he finally understands his wrong doings. Then he makes it appear that he is going to have himself killed to correct his wrong doings and because he does not want to live with this guilt and sorrow. This quote seems to explain “ ….let death come quickly, and be kind to me. I would not ever see the sun again” This means that he wants his life to be over and not have to deal with the sorrow of having lost his wife and son, and he doesn’t want to live a day without him.
A tragic hero has been of noble birth. Which Creon and Antigone are! They are both descendents of Oedipus the former king/ruler of Thebes. Antigone is the daughter of Oedipus “