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What are Antigone's tragic flaws?

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Given the very restricted role of women in the culture of fifth-century Athens, it is remarkable that so many Greek tragedies feature women in a central role: Medea, Andromache, Electra, Hecuba, Helen and, of course, Antigone. This does not mean, however, that these women necessarily fit the strict Aristotelian definition of a tragic hero. There has been much dispute over whether Creon or...

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