In the play Antigone by Sophocles, Creon creates a law he believes to be divine will, that is the fundamental display of punishable pride, because no man can create a law that is equal to or above divine right. Creon’s pride eventually led to his downfall as well as the death of Antigone, his son Haimon and his wife. Though, Creon was not the only one in Antigone who was prideful. Antigone herself too was prideful yet we ultimately respected her. Antigone’s pride came from her respect for her family and honoring the gods and their divine law, while Creon’s pride was an arrogant trait.
Tiresias, the blind prophet claims Creon will lose his family for the crimes of leaving Polyneices unburied. Creon later realizes his mistaken pride. For example, “Fate has brought all of my pride to a thought of dust (Creon, Exodus).” This quote reveals that Tiresias’ prophecy or fate had portrayed Creon’s downfall, yet still filled with pride, refused to admit to his wrong doing. After Creon’s family’s deaths, Creon’s pride crumbles as he realizes he was wrong in his actions. In addition, “And proud men in old age learn to be wise (Choragus, Exodus).” I believe this quote shows wisdom does not come with age, but with knowledge. Creon filled with pride, refused to listen to other’s opinions and did not become wise. Once his family died admitted his mistakes and then became capable of becoming wise. In conclusion Creon became conscious of his pride too late and then had to pay the price.
While Creon’s pride was arrogant and disastrous, Antigone too was very prideful. For example, “To risk everything for stubborn pride (Creon, Scene 5).” Creon has now understood how foolish it was of him to ignore the blind prophet’s warning and his own son’s warning as well. In addition, “I should have praise and honor for what I have done (Antigone, Scene 5).” In this quote you directly become aware of Antigone’s pride. She believes that it was okay, even honorable,...