Antigone is a tragic hero in both the modern sense and the classic sense. She is a good person—probably the only person in the play willing to stand by her convictions—and she dies as a result. However, unlike most tragic heroes, Antigone’s flaw is her strength—it is the thing that allows her to do what is right. This is the irony of the play. Antigone dies having done the right thing and having fulfilled her duty as sister and princess.
The Ancient Greeks placed a lot of value on things like courage, loyalty, and faith. Antigone has all three in abundance, something that cannot be said for other characters in the play. The play is set just after a civil war between Oedipus’s two sons, Eteocles and Polynices. The princes of Thebes were Antigone’s brothers, and she felt loyalty and love toward them both. However, because Polynices brought a foreign army against Thebes in an attempt to win the throne, he is sentenced to have his body left unburied.
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