Is Antigone's death due to fate or free will in Sophocles's play Antigone?

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In Antigone, as with all Greek plays, the overall fate of the characters is decided by the gods in advance. However, that still leaves each individual with the ability to exercise free choice in how they will respond. Some choose to defy their fate, displaying great hubris, or overweening pride. Others will calmly accept their fate, taking whatever life throws at them and managing as best they can.

In the case of Antigone, she has chosen to exercise her free will, irrespective of what fate has in store for her. In defying Creon's express orders, she undoubtedly displays immense courage. Yet at the same time, she is showing great pride, and it is no surprise that Antigone is admonished by the Chorus for her transgressions. Antigone may be a heroine, but her heroic status is ambiguous, to say the least.

In any case, the method of Antigone's death is what really matters here. One could argue that suicide is the ultimate act of free will. It is Antigone's fate that she, like everyone else, will...

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