In Sophocles' Antigone, which character is considered the tragic hero, Antigone or Creon, and why?
Aristotle, in Poetics, defined a tragic hero as the protagonist in the story to whom something happens that elicits pity from the audience. A tragic hero is a "virtuous" person whose life changes from being prosperous to being a life full of "adversity," or tribulation (Aristotle, Poetics).
As the title Antigone suggests, by Aristotle's definition, Antigone is most definitely the tragic hero. One way that we can tell that Antigone is the tragic hero is that the play opens with lines spoken by Antigone, indicating that she is the most...
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