Why is Antigone a tragedy?

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As with all tragic heroes, both Antigone and her uncle, King Creon, suffer from a tragic flaw. stubborness; hers is stubborn self-righteousness and his is stubborn pride, leading to Antigone's death as well as the deaths of Creon's wife and son, Antigone's fiance. As classic tragic figures, they suffer misfortunes brought on by themselves and from others in their story. Laws in society are important in keeping people from living in chaos and not simply living and acting according to their wills but a leader must not be so stubborn that he fails to act compassionately when he needs to do so. Creon is such a leader; he rules absolutely and as a result, abuses that power by destroying the moral, loyal, and couraeous people around him. Antigone is moved by her loyaly to family and by her integrity. But, because Fate has decreed the House of Thebes doomed since Antigone's father, Oedipus, the plot twists and turns with misunderstandings and the conflict between religion and law, resulting in these four characters' deaths. Unfortunately, this same Fate causes Creon to realize and admit he is wrong too late to change this outcome.

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