Creon's Arrogance In Sophocles Antigone

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Arrogance is a characteristic that many people possess, which also includes characters from books, novels, plays, movies, etc. Arrogance is also seen as a word that describes a person as one who does not listen to others, one who cares about one’s self, one who values their importance more than others, one who is too proud in a way that makes others uncomfortable, one who thinks their ideas are always correct, and many more ways that describe an arrogant person. Antigone, a play written by Sophocles, a Greek playwright, addresses how a person’s arrogance can lead them to their downfall. Most characters in Antigone, including Antigone herself and Creon, the new king of Thebes, possess this trait. But arguably, Creon holds this trait of arrogance the strongest. However, Creon is not only arrogant, but he is also disciplinary, opportunistic, stubborn, and prideful. Some of these characteristics may lead Creon into his downfall. Although numerous characters hold this characteristic, Creon is assumed to be the most arrogant due to…show more content…
Abusing this power, he uses it to threaten, instead of using it in a way productively. An example of his abusive power is when he speaks to his son, Haimon. “Bring her out! Bring the woman out! Let her die before his eyes,” Creon threatens Haimon to kill Antigone, “Here, this instant, with her bridegroom before her!” (Sophocles Scene 3, 137-39). During this quarrel, Haimon stays calm while on the other hand, Creon angrily disputes with him due to his arrogance. Additionally, Creon argues that an adolescence, like his son, does not have as much experience as an adult, like himself. Not aware of his power, Creon only sees this as discipline towards his son, as some parents would do. Without his excessive pride and arrogance, Haimon would have considered changing his mind. Instead, Haimon opposes against his own father as a result from Creon’s
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