King Creon's Pride In Sophocles Antigone

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Change in Pride, Change of Side “The truest characters of ignorance are vanity and pride and arrogance.” --Samuel Butler. Even Samuel Butler can recognize the fatal flaws that plague King Creon while he himself cannot comprehend them. According to Butler, Creon is a true character of ignorance for possessing all of these traits, but not recognizing them throughout the course of his entire life. In Antigone, Sophocles projects King Creon as a tragic hero who is cursed with the tragic flaws of hubris and ignorance and illustrates the recognition of his pride. In his rule over Thebes and ideals of a King, Creon suffers from the incessant flaws of arrogance and pride. Even his values of what leadership should consist of show no humility when he announces, “The State is the King” (Sophocles 842). Creon is commenting that he thinks that a leader should be the entire government and have all of the power in his country; therefore that he himself should have the entirety of the power. When Creon asserts that “[his] voice is the one voice giving orders…” (843) in Thebes he again shows that he alone should be supreme and wield the power and decisions of his people. Along the lines of his values his reign is much more like a dictatorship than any other. King Creon…show more content…
He grows and learns and because of that is considered the protagonist. Perhaps, Creon would never have recognized his hubris without causing the deaths of three members of his family, thus not qualifying as a tragic hero. In fact, if he had not been prideful and ignorant in the first place, he would never have caused his family’s deaths and would have nothing to recognize. Ultimately, these two traits are key in turning him into the protagonist and hero. Though he suffers for his sins of pride and wishes death upon himself he will, “…in old age, learn to be wise”

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