Antigone-Pride Essay

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Pride Essay
Antigone

“A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you 're looking down, you can 't see something that 's above you.”
(C.S. Lewis). Pride can take over the lives of people who have it within them. It is ok to feel proud but if the sense of pride is exaggerated it will lead to arrogance and therefore to problems. In the book Antigone, by Sophocles, pride is displayed as good and bad. Pride can have a big impact on people when it is taken for granted. Sophocles uses such powerful language and gives such great imagery with his words that it is apparent pride is greatly implied in his book. The conflicts and morals being taught to us in his book states that pride is something that
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Arrogance stimulates looking down upon others and down grading them giving themselves a high confidence and self esteem, others look down at these people for numerous reasons. Creon was not happy that Antigone buried her brother, and while he feels he is doing his responsibility, Teresias (a blind god) is telling him otherwise. Teresias tells Creon that the city is sick because of him. Stubbornness and pride get in the way of how Creon acts as Teresias gives him advice to not kick the dead. The blind prophet has always provided accurate information, yet Creon never brought him in before. The chorus gives him advice and Creon actually took some responsibility saying it was a mistake when things got out of hands after Haemon (his son) and Antigone kill themselves in the cave. It took a lot for Creon to finally realize that things got out of hands and unfortunately arrogance can get in the way of things and blind people from what is in front of them. Pride, which becomes a major life lesson that is being taught throughout this book, concludes that pride it self is a life changing characteristic that one may chose to attain. In attaining pride one may seem arrogant or stubborn or one may chose to toss the pride aspect of life aside, yet seem somewhat less respectable. This book entails that pride should be taken into serious consideration since it has a major impact in everyday

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