Although pride can be a strength sometimes peoples pride leads them to their downfalls as shown by the characters in the plays and their respective inabilities to escape fate; in the plays Antigone and Oedipus Rex Sophocles demonstrates this truth.
By looking at Oedipus and Creon, the careful reader can see how the pride of each character leads them each to their doom. In the play Oedipus Rex an example of Oedipus’ pride is when he is asked to move aside by the former King of Thebes, Laios and he refuses. Without knowing that Laois was his real father he killed him and all the servants. Through this action Oedipus fulfilled Teiresias’ prophecy of killing his own father and began his own downfall. In the play Antigone, Creon now as the King of Thebes takes much pride in his position and feels his word is law. Creon’s strong belief in the law leads him to forbid the burying of the traitor Polynieces. The prophet Teirisias warns Creon, “a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong, and repairs the evil. The only crime is pride” (Sophocles 232). Creon ignores this warning and continues in his prideful ways, feeling that his belief in the sanctity of the law is more important than Antigone’s familial duty to bury her brother. In terror he flees Corinth and wanders the lands until he comes upon a road where three highways join together. A small company of men surrounding a chariot force him off the road, and he becomes angry and kills all of them but one. The man driving the chariot is his father, Laois, although neither of the men are aware of the fact. Thinking little of the incident, Oedipus continues his journey and finds himself in the city of Thebes, which has just recently lost their king and has been beset by a Sphinx who demands sacrifices of their young men unless someone can answer her riddle