Antigone Tragic Hero

Updated: 3/29/2019
Antigone Tragic Hero
You can find this storyboard in the following articles and resources:
Antigone Lesson Plans

Antigone by Sophocles

Lesson Plans by Rebecca Ray

Antigone is the last play in a famous Greek trilogy, written by Sophocles. The Oedipus trilogy told the story of Oedipus, a tragic Greek hero, who defeated the sphinx and saved Thebes, but unknowingly killed his father and married his mother. While it was not written last, the Antigone play is the final chapter chronologically in a story filled with human suffering at the hands of fate.


Antigone

Storyboard Description

Antigone Tragic Hero | Have students identify the characteristics of a tragic hero as they pertain to Antigone in this student activity!

Storyboard Text

  • HAMARTIA
  • Today we bury Eteocles. May he rest with the Gods.
  • HUBRIS
  • Sister, our uncle is the King. You must do as he says.
  • Ismene, don't you think this is unfair!?
  • PERIPETEIA
  • A plague will fall upon this land, hear this and be forewarned!
  • Antigone believes she knows the will of the gods, and acts in direct contradiction of Creon’s decree. She wants to be a martyr.
  • ANAGNORISIS
  • Antigone is to be set free at once!
  • Antigone sets herself above the laws of her king, unapologetically defying Creon.
  • NEMESIS
  • Tiresias convinces Creon to free Antigone.
  • CATHARSIS
  • The audience knows what Antigone does not: Creon is on his way to pardon her.
  • Antigone hangs herself before Creon can arrive.
  • I am too late.
  • The audience is sad that Antigone, Haemon, & the Queen all died for Antigone's righteous pride. They recognize the same temptations to defy authority in their own lives.