Pride-induced arrogance is beneficial when utilized at a small extreme, but a considerable amount of arrogance can lead to one’s ruin. Such idea is prevalent in Creon’s ruling of Thebes. While Creon believes he holds almighty power over the citizens, he thinks, “As long as I am King, no traitor is going to be honored with the loyal man. But whoever shows by word and deed that he is on the side of the State-he shall have my respect while he is living and my reverence when he is dead" (Sophocles 6). In this quotation, Creon orders citizens to respect his ruling by instilling fear to them.
Odysseus will do anything to protect his image as a great and wise leader, including lying and falsely accusing his own men and, in desperation, even the gods. While Odysseus and many readers of The Odyssey regard him as an admirable and selfless leader, he demonstrates that he is inconsistent with thinking of anyone besides himself. Furthermore, his hubris prevents him from recognizing his own carelessness as a leader and eventually results in the crew’s tragic deaths. Odysseus becomes blinded by his own admirable qualities and successes in war and fails to address effectively both the obstacles at hand during his journey back to Ithaca and the well-being of the men under his command. While many factors contribute to the failure of Odysseus as a leader, at the heart of them all underlies his fatal pride.
When I think of Creon and Oedipus, I think of them as fools; even though they both become king, they still lost something in the end due to their arrogance and excessive pride. Pride can be both negative and positive; when Pride takes over someone’s life, that person becomes arrogant, because that person tends to look down on others. I am not saying that pride is not a good quality to possess, but too much of a good thing can be a burden. In Antigone, The prophet Tiresias told Creon that “all men make mistakes, it is only human. But once the wrong is done a man can turn his back on folly, misfortune too” (Antigone-lines 1132-1134).
Her tragedy would not produce the same effect on the audience as Creon’s would because the point of the tragedy is to humble the audienc... ... middle of paper ... ... wife and son, he blames his own pride, not the gods. Creon’s tragedy would successfully evoke a humbled response from the audience, thus producing the desired effect that play writers expected from a tragedy. Creon’s tragedy would cause an audience to examine their own lives and prevalent flaws and see the danger in them. Therefore, Creon is the best example of a tragic hero in either Antigone or Medea because he identifies most with Aristotle’s definition of a tragic hero. Works Cited: “Connections: A Theory.” Elements of Literature, Fourth Course with Readings in World Literature.
King Richard II is Shakespeare's example of a king who removes himself from the reality of the common people. Richard views his position as a source of amusement. His "cares" as King, other than an opportunity for an agreeable audience, are merely a burden. Instead of investigating the accusations of treachery from Henry and Mawbrick, he exiles both men as an easy way out. Richard was born a King, and knows no life other than that of royalty.
John Locke says, “The reason why men enter into society is the preservation of their property; and the end while they choose and authorize a legislative is that there may be laws made, and rules set… to limit the power and moderate the dominion of every part and member of the society.” (Sec. 222) John was a big believer that a good government only happened when he was appointed by the people. Locke thinks that man will give their property and trust into a king that they specifically pick. Back then, it was absurd for a king t... ... middle of paper ... ...ent strangers from leaving; that species of tyranny has no place in our customs or our laws. All men are free.
Pride is the cause of the main conflict in Sophocles’ play, Antigone. Everyone should have pride, but Creon had too much of it and that blinded him. His pride in his power and abuse of authority was his tragic flaw that ultimately led to his downfall. On the other hand, Antigone takes pride in her beliefs and has the courage to speak out for what she thinks is right. For this, Antigone is seen as an honorable character and the hero of the play.
Kreon's hybris causes him to attempt to violate the laws of order or human rights, another main part of a tragic hero. Also, like all tragic heroes, Kreon suffers because of his hamartia and then realizes his flaw. The belief that Antigone is the hero is a strong one, but there is a stronger belief that Kreon, the Ruler of Thebes, is the true protagonist. Kreon's main and foremost hamartia was his hybris, or his extreme pride. Kreon was a new king, and he would never let anyone prove him wrong or let anyone change his mind once it was made.
This flaw will inevitably contribute to the character's downfall. As the play opens one becomes acquainted with King Creon as the head of his society. This in itself meets one of Aristotle's criteria for being a tragic hero, yet as one reads further into the play it becomes obvious that Creon possesses the tragic flaw of arrogance. He refuses to admit that he is wrong in his judgment over Antigone. When Creon refuses to yield with his order for Antigone to die he exemplifies his own tragic flaw.
Ultimately, Richard is illustrated as one who finally embraces humanity, and, in turn, affects the readers’ final response to the ever-changed king in a positive way. In the commencement of the play, Richard is an arrogant leader who simply wants the title of king, and disregards any civil duties he should be regulating. The reader response is collectively negative during the beginning acts because he is inconsiderate of others and does nothing to help the welfare of his own country. He believes that his god-given rights to rule place him above all others. With this mindset he rationalizes acts of ill-favored behavior and a lack of true monarchial control.