Creon's Pride In Sophocles Antigone

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From world wars to present day national elections, pride can always be connected to many appalling, life-changing issues. Pride has always either been negative or positive, and it has been around forever. In the epic play Antigone, Sophocles demonstrates how Creon’s hubris allows for the downfall of himself and the killing of his family. Creon’s fatal flaw is his hubris. Creon not only loses his family, he also loses the trust of his people. Creon endures one of the worst feelings possible; losing his family from his own actions. All of Creon’s foolish and prideful actions literally caused the death of his family. Creon himself even acknowledges what he has done. Creon states, “It is right that it should be. I alone am guilty. I know it, and I say it” (I.ii.1021-1022). This quote indicates that Creon blames himself and only himself. In addition he now he has to live with the fact that his hubris not only killed his family, it also will always torment him for…show more content…
People might say that his pride was for the good of Thebes. This is totally inaccurate, in the process of “making Thebes better” Creon lost his family and lost the trust of the people of Thebes. Creon had no valid points. Again, his actions were overthrown by his hubris, which was the beginning of his downfall. Not listening to other people and their opinions is not a step to make Thebes a better city. In Sophocles's epic play Antigone, Creon is a leader who is too prideful and his hubris is the reason of his downfall. Creon’s fatal flaw is his hubris. Creon’s downfall includes the loss of his family and losing the trust from the people of Thebes. Pride will always be a problem. From the start of world wars to other insignificant problems, pride has always be within us. We will never change unless we find a way to stop trying to make ourselves better than everyone else, and learn to just help each other instead of always trying to compete with each
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