How does Ignorance and Pride Play a Part in Man’s Destruction?

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The choices we make define the destiny of our lives. Since the beginning of time, man has always been an imperfect being full of flaws. Man is faced with different situations that can end up bringing disgrace to himself and his family if the situations are not well handled. In the texts Book II of the Aeneid by Virgil, Antigone by Sophocles, Oedipus the king by Sophocles, and Book XXII from the Iliad by Homer; Creon, the Trojan people, Hector, Achilles, and Oedipus embody what can lead to a man’s downfall through their own choices. Through these texts we are able to learn from the mistakes people made in the past and lead good moral lives. The texts illustrate how pride, lack of empathy, and ignorance lead to the destruction of man. In most cases pride always results from great accomplishments. Pride can lead to deception where people especially the ones in power, base their decisions on their ability to have dominion over everyone else. It is the major cause of broken relationships within family members. Pride has and will always be root of evil unless people change and humble themselves. Pride is most evidently seen in Antigone by Sophocles where Creon, the leader, refuses to listen to reasons as seen through Teiresias and Haemon. Teiresias gives him an advice that states; “And your house will be full of men and women weeping, And curses will be hurled at you from far Cities grieving for sons unburied, left to rot Before the walls of Thebes.” (Ant. 214). Instead of listening to the advice and taking actions, Creon mocks Teiresias and tells him that his prophecy is for sale. Creon's human flaws and emotions such as pride and arrogance lead to his ultimate downfall as well as his family’s, which ties into him being the tragic ... ... middle of paper ... ...d live happy. Work Cited Goldwyn, Adam J. "A Literary History of the Trojan War from Antiquity to the Middle Ages." Order No. 3426747 City University of New York, 2010. Ann Arbor: ProQuest. Web. 13 ‘May 2014. Ahrensdorf, Peter J. "The Limits of Political Rationalism: Enlightenment and Religion in Oedipus the Tyrant." JSTOR. Cambridge University Press on Behalf of the Southern Political Science Association, n.d. Web. 16 May 2014. Sophocles. Oedipus the King. Trans. Robert Fagles. The Norton Anthology of World Masterpieces. Ed. Maynard Mack et al. 6th ed. Vol. 1. New York: Norton, 1992. 658-701. Sophocles. Antigone. Ed. Allen, Janet. Holt McDougal Literature: Texas Grade 10. [Evanston, Ill.]: Holt McDougal, a Division of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010. 1068-106. Print Virgil. Aeneid. Trans. Robert Fitzgerald. New York: Random House, 1990.
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