The Power of Pride
In Antigone, pride was an action despised by society and the gods of Greek mythology. Those who were over-prideful were often punished by the gods and were condemned to suffering. Pride is both a positive and a negative trait. Pride can be negative if it is arrogant or self-centered. Pride is not evil if it is controlled. People need to be happy with themselves and proud of their achievements. Pride is also a trait that asserts courage and bravery. The story of Antigone written by Sophocles has two characters that have a tragic flaw of pride. I will show how Creon’s pride of power leads to his destruction, and how Antigone’s pride makes her an honorable character that should be treated as a hero. Antigone is an honorable character in this story of love and rebellion. The only thing that she does is disobey an order that is unjust and bury the remains of her brother. She defies the king’s decree and tells him that he is wrong. This fit of rage is inspired by her love for her brother. She calls out the king when nobody else would. She realizes that everyone thinks the king’s decree is outrageous but is too afraid of the king. “All these men here would praise me. Were the lips not frozen shut with fear of you.”(sc.2, 210) It is impressive that Antigone would speak out against the king in this manner because she is first a woman and second because she knows that her fate could be sealed if she does not try to apologize for her crimes. This display of courage makes the reader wants to like Antigone and want the king to overturn his decision. It shows that she did not fear death and felt that morals were more important than obeying authority. Creon is a man who has just become the king of Thebes and has a flaw of having too much pride. He can’t control the power of being over other people and he lets the power go to his head. In getting his new powers Creon decides to make a decree that will not allow the brother of Antigone to...
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