Another Greek tragedy. At first I couldn’t see how it could be considered one considering the ending, but I understand better now. “Antigone” is the title of the play that I really actually kind of enjoyed.
Antigone was a very respectable woman. She stood up for what she believed in, and was willing to pay the ultimate price for doing what she believed to be morally right. She is the tragic hero, so of course that means she needs to makes some sort of error. Her mistake should not have been classified as such, but her uncle, King Creon, made it so that one of Antigone’s brothers could not have a proper burial. That was not seen as acceptable, so Antigone took it upon herself to bury him as he should have been in the first place.
Creon sentences Antigone to death when she is discovered with the body of her brother. She willingly accepts her fate, and is trapped in a tomb to starve to death. Haimon, Creon’s son and Antigone’s fiance, is very upset by his father’s choices. He breaks into the tomb to free Antigone, only to find she has hung herself. What would a tragedy be without suicide? Haimon then kills himself, and Haimon’s mother, out of grief, follows suit. Thebes has now lost part of its royal family, and King Creon realizes that it was a mistake to sentence Antigone to death. This is what makes it a tragedy. The “happy ending” is the fact that Creon understands that he is not perfect and is also capable of making mistakes.