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At the beginning of the play, the trait of Antigone comes out as totally different from that of her sister Ismene. While Ismene is radiant, beautiful and passive, her sister is withdrawn, scrawny, sallow and extremely recalcitrant. Her resentment towards her sister leads her to seduce her fiancé Haemon, although, in the end, she does not get to marry him. This only shows that Antigone is always pushing her limits as well as those of the society regardless of the person, or people involved. Antigone’s character is a difficult one which refuses to pay attention to anyone else’s needs, not even her sisters’ and insists on getting things her own way. To this effect, she insists on burying her brother Polynices, to the extent that she does not care if gets killed. As a matter of fact, she delights in the thought saying “I myself will bury him. It will be good to die, so doing. I shall lie by his side, loving him as he loved me; I shall be a criminal but – a religious one.” (Antigone, lines 81-85)
Her refusal to do what she is advised and that which is morally right is what ends in her tragedy. In the play, she insists on following her desire through unreasonable limits. To this effect, she depicts her as abject, ugly, and even tabooed. She refuses to yield to the authority which in this case is Creon. Her tragic end comes when kills herself to avoid punishment for burying her brother even when forbidden to do so. She is the tragic hero of the play because despite the fact that she campaigns for the clarification between human law and divine law, she still manages to come out as the odd one out. Throughout the play, she single-handedly challenges Creon’s authority. She does this by comparing his decree to leave Polynice’s body unburied to the will of the gods and the solid traditions of men. She has the intention of
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