Antigone: Sophocles and Creon

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Creon and Antigone are both honorable people and yet, both are fatally proud and that is the source of the tragedy. To what extent do you agree?

During the time of Ancient Greece, tragic plays were commonly used to deliver a moral message to their audience. Sophocles’ “Antigone” demonstrates the dangers of hubris and the disaster it can cause using the conflict between the two central characters, Antigone and Creon, as the basis of the tragedy. Although they are honourable in their own different ways, Antigone and Creon’s excessive pride contributes as a major factor to the tragedy of the play. This, as well as other factors like the impact of religious and moral beliefs and state laws, and fate, are to blame for the tragic end of the
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(How does Sophocles position us to see her pride through Chorus’ attitude/ comments? Quote- inference- author’s intention)

Secondly, the basis of Creon’s demise is extensively due to his arrogance and pride, which is also responsible for the deaths of his house. Creon obtains the authority of being king of Thebes and as a result, he gains a considerable amount of arrogance. He feels that his authority overrules those of any other being, and that he is “responsible to only [himself]”. This establishes that Creon does not and will not consider the opinions and desires of anyone other than himself. Throughout the play, Creon shows that he is too proud to take the advice of others. He dismisses the opinions and suggestions of the Sentry, the Chorus and Haemon. To highlight the extent of Creon’s pride and stubborn, Sophocles introduces Teiresias, a blind prophet who would have been well respected in Ancient Greek society. When Teiresias openly criticises his actions, Creon immediately refuses it and believes that Teiresias is “uttering evil in the guise of good”. Creon has so much pride to the extent that he will not listen to someone who is considered to be one of the wisest men in the Theban society and a directly linked representative of the Gods. He refuses to believe he has done wrong and is left in denial. Creon’s
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