Pride: The Fault of Every Man
In literature as in life, people struggle with principles or beliefs they hold. In Antigone, King Creon struggles with principles and beliefs he holds. King Creon's decision is not to bury Polyneices because Creon believes Polyneices broke his exile to kill his brother and sell the people of Thebes into exile. Creon is blinded by his pride; he tries to make Polyneices into a villain, even though Eteocles is guilty of the same crime. Both men wanted to rule Thebes for themselves alone, and both men lost. Creon is corrupted by the same power that drove Eteocles and Polyneices into battle. That same power that drove these men into battle is pride, and this pride is what Creon struggles with throughout this play. Creon doesn't see the problems of his pride until Teiresais tells him of the calamity that has been brought upon the people and what will happen as a result of his pride. After the visitation from Teiresais, Creon is scared of what may occur. Creon immediately goes to set Antigone free but it is too late. Antigone (daughter of Oedipus) and Haimon (son of Creon) has committed suicide and as a result of the death Haimon, Eurydice (wife of Creon) commits suicide as well. Creon has many opportunities to realize his pride but does not realize his pride until it is too late. The first opportunity Creon is given to recognize his pride is when the sentry notifies him of the burial of Polyneices. The sentry tells Creon of how there has been new dust on the slimy flesh of Polyneices and the sentry tells the king that he doesn't know who has done this. Choragos suggests that the burial was done by the gods. Creon denies this and immediately becomes enraged and threatens the sentry. The sentry then makes a statement; this statement was Creon's first opportunity to realize the error of his ways. "How dreadful it is when the right judge judges wrong!"(203). The sentry has become enraged by the pride of the king. The sentry...
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