Sophicles’ Antigone is considered by many to be a “classic” Greek drama. Pieces of literature that are known as “classics” usually convey a timeless message to their readers. Many times writers use well developed characters or an engaging plot to convey truths about life and human nature to a variety of audiences. Often it is the flawed characters who will teach the important lessons for readers to carry with them in their daily lives. In traditional Greek theater, the flawed character is known as the tragic character. Creon is the tragic character of Antigone. Creon’s tragic flaw is his overbearing pride. Creon’s inability to see the strength of women is obvious. Especially when he says things like, “You wait and see! The toughest will is first to Break: like hard and untempered steel, which snaps and shivers at a touch , when hot from off the forge.” According to Creon, even the strongest of women can be broken like untempered steel. “Curse you! Find the love for your outlet down there. No women while I live shall govern me.” Antigone was a very strong young woman, so Creon was especially too proud to give in to her. In order to deal with this, he sentences her to a horrible death. Creon’s hubris and his stubbornness will eventually lead to his downfall.
In order to convince Creon to see how punishing Antigone out of pride is wrong, a blind prophet named Teiresias said, “All men make mistakes; A good man yields when he knows he is wrong and repairs his evil. The only crime is pride.” Creon is killing her because he feels it will improve his image to his people so they will be fearful and obey his laws. In this way he is so full of pride that he can’t even think about the incredible emotional damage he inflicts on his own son Haimon, who is engaged to Antigone. Creon was selfish, and too late, he learned that he was wrong. His pride would not allow him to admit this earlier. Creon realizes that his hubris caused the death of his own kinsmen...
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