Is "Antigone" a tragic play?
Centuries of Survival:
Sophocles was born in Colonus, Greece, a region near Athens, Greece, around 496 BCE. He is credited with writing works like "Oedipus the King" and "Antigone." Seven of his works still survive today.
Answer and Explanation:
"Antigone" is a classic Greek tragedy play. This was the third play in a trilogy involving "Oedipus the King" and "Oedipus at Colonus."
As a Greek tragedy, "Antigone" presents various flawed characters within tragic circumstances. The main character, Antigone, was the product of incest. Her mother, Jocasta, was the mother of her father, Oedipus. Antigone opts to ignore King Creon's rule that her brother, Polynices, would not be permitted a proper burial. Polynices attempted to attack Thebes. Antigone is jailed for her actions and then sentenced to death. Haemon, the king's son, kills himself because of Antigone's death sentence. As a result, Creon's wife and Haemon's mother, Queen Eurydice, kills herself, as well. King Creon is left alone to contemplate his harsh rule.
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fromChapter 3 / Lesson 3
'Antigone' is a classic Greek tragedy in many ways, including the fact that its main hero has a tragic flaw. For Antigone, the flaw brings about her demise and serves as a moral lesson for the audience.