I have spent the majority of today milling over various treatments of Aristotle's Poetics and Sophocles' Antigone for a paper I'm writing. The topic of thought is: what makes a true tragic hero? And, as an application to the play Antigone, is it Creon or Antigone that serves the role of tragic hero? I love the way in which the actions and consequences of both Creon and Antigone are so intertwined, and in the end I have concluded that both characters represent a portion of the tragic hero paradigm. Of all the things I have read an quoted throughout the course of the day, one particular idea really stuck with me:
qualities,but it is by their actions
that they are happy or the reverse."