The Three Theban Plays by Sophocles

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Even though pride can be a good thing at times, it is hurtful, it is an emotion that can make or break someone. “Pride only breeds quarrels, but wisdom is found in those who take advice.” (Manimtim-Proverbs 13:10). In Sophocles, The Three Theban Plays translated by Robert Fagles, advice is one thing both Creon and Oedipus did not want to hear from people. A wise man will make mistake, take advice and learn, but a fool will not, they will let their pride get in the way. When I think of Creon and Oedipus, I think of them as fools; even though they both become king, they still lost something in the end due to their arrogance and excessive pride. Pride can be both negative and positive; when Pride takes over someone’s life, that person …show more content…
Pride is not always a bad thing to have, but it is bad when it is exaggerated which may cause conflict. In this case, Creon’s pride cause a lot of problems, he looked down on others as if they were not human beings like him. In Antigone, Creon refused to let his son be with the woman he loved, his wife Antigone, because according to his judgment, she was not good enough for his son. Creon’s words about his son’s wife were “A worthless woman for my son? It repels me.” (Antigone- Line 644), which was very prejudice of him. Creon wanted Antigone dead just so that he could break them apart. When Creon realized that his pride was hurting everyone, even the ones close to him, it was already too late for him to do anything about it. Creon’s son and wife were already dead all thanks to him; if he had checked his pride at the door in the first place and supported his son, the son would have been alive and so could have been his wife. Creon thought that being a powerful king meant he could control everyone’s lives, but that was not the case. A king is supposed to be a leader, a role model to those who adore him, but Creon was far from being a role model or leader to those who worshipped him. So he ended up losing the people that mattered to him the most; Excessive pride kills.
Same goes with Oedipus, he was so into his himself and had so much pride that he was not realizing that it would hurt him in the long run. Oedipus
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