Who is the real tragic hero of "Antigone"? By Sohpocles

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In the story "Antigone", Sophocles presents two characters, Creon and Antigone, who both share many characteristics and both suffer a loss at the end of the story. Sophocles named the story Antigone, to present Antigone as the tragic hero; however, on the contrary, Creon is the real tragic hero. He has the tragic flaws that initiate the greatest damage, Creon is virtually in every scene of the play, and in the end he loses the most. His life can be classified tragedy, he acted all on his own.

Creon's personality is very strong and he presents himself as a bold individual. His tragic flaws are obvious and they coincide with Antigone's flaws, this makes them "butt-heads" and it creates the main conflict. He is very stubborn, powerful, assertive, proud, arrogant, and authoritative. Once Creon was granted rule, he made his decision, blind to what others believe.

His made this edict with no will to change and no open ear to hear the people. Creon was mainly concerned with anarchy, and he didn't want others taking control. Along with this concern were bribery and masculinity. He blamed money as the reason people were rebelling and speaking out against him. Antigone, being a woman, made Creon want to severely punish her to prove only that he was strong and no woman can rule above him. His tragic flaws, mainly his stubbornness, played part in his tragic ending.

In this play, one can also argue that Creon was virtually in every scene of the play. How can Antigone be the tragic hero if she is in only about 3 episodes? Yes, she has an impact in the play, but Creon takes control above all. If Creon wasn't in an episode, he surely was mentioned and talked about. So during...