What are the characteristics of Antigone that make her a heroine? 

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There are certain classic characteristics that Western heroes and heroines tend to exhibit in literature and plays. These characteristics are flaws, determination, compassion, a sense of justice, curiosity, and a sense of self. Antigone exhibits all six of these characteristics at some point in Antigone

Flaws:  From the...

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There are certain classic characteristics that Western heroes and heroines tend to exhibit in literature and plays. These characteristics are flaws, determination, compassion, a sense of justice, curiosity, and a sense of self. Antigone exhibits all six of these characteristics at some point in Antigone 

Flaws: From the very beginning of the play, Antigone demonstrates that she has character flaws. She is impulsive, demanding and self-righteous. However, these flaws are also her strengths.

Determination: Antigone is extremely determined to accomplish her goals, no matter the personal costs. 

Compassion: Despite her strong nature, Antigone demonstrates compassion towards her sister. 

A sense of justice: Antigone's sense of justice is one of her strongest character traits. She believes her brother has been robbed of a proper burial, and so she is going to avenge this wrongdoing. 

Curiosity: Antigone is curious about other characters' intentions. She seeks to understand, but she also knows what she must do, despite her actions being rejected by others. 

A sense of self: Antigone has a strong sense of self that is apparent throughout the entire play. This sense of self affects all the characters around Antigone. 

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