Pride is not a symbol for strength, but of arrogance. It does not modify you as a powerful individual, but as a weakling with feign courage. It is not something to be proud of, for it veils you with vanity and ignorance so delicately and innocently that it betrays your conscience into thinking that it is a normal feeling that has no consequence whatsoever. An example of this infamous trap is presented in the play of tragedy Antigone, written by Sophocles himself. A character by the name of Creon was a victim of pride born from his position as ruler of the city of Thebes. It wasn’t long before he wallowed in sorrow, as pride swallowed in whole, smothering his familial views, killing his feel for care, and taking its place beside the ones he loved so.
The motive by which Creon committed was a lethal mistake. His law of a deadly penalty crushed his son’s wife’s heart. That wife, Antigone, was determined to break his law to her love’s expense. She was not content with her brother’s improper burial and of his title, the “Traitor of Thebes”. Although she was aware of his treacherous actions, she was not about to stand back and watch her own blood and flesh rot to the ground, with no recognition or remembrance.”I was born to join in love, not hate- that is my nature.” (Line 590) So she was determined to become a “glorified criminal”, determined to bury her mother’s son. “I will bury him myself. And even if I die in the act, that death will be a glory.” (Line 86). Creon believed her foolish, disloyal, yet passionate and wild. He ignored her views and spit on her face, as he responded, “Go down below and love, if love you must-love the dead! While I’m alive, no woman is going to lord it over me.” (Lines 592-594) This proves of Creon’s pride, his blindness at the sight before him. He will not allow Antigone dominate his authority, which is translation for ‘I will disregard my son’s useless wife because she is a woman, a weaker being under me, not because she is...
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