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The Three Theban Plays by Sophocles

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Even though pride can be a good thing at times, it is hurtful, it is an emotion that can make or break someone.
“Pride only breeds quarrels, but wisdom is found in those who take advice.” (Manimtim-Proverbs 13:10). In Sophocles, The Three Theban Plays translated by Robert Fagles, advice is one thing both Creon and Oedipus did not want to hear from people. A wise man will make mistake, take advice and learn, but a fool will not, they will let their pride get in the way. 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). All human beings hate being wrong, that is a fact, but it takes a lot for someone to realize and admit it. A lot pride can make one seem very ignorant, even though it may not be intentional. The prophet also told Creon how pride is a crime, but that apparently offended Creon because his response was “ No, Reverend old Tiresias, all men fall, it’s only human, but the wisest fall obscenely when they glorify obscene advice with rhetoric all for their own Gain” (Antigone- lines 1158-1161). Creon had numerous opportunities to realize he had too much pride, and that his pride was hurting himself and others, but he was too blind t...

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...lines 1445-1446). Creon just could not take the guilt anymore, knowing that the cause of their death was his fault, all because of his excessive pride. Pride can be portrayed as confidence, it can bring one great success, but it is a deadly emotion that can also take everything away from one when it exaggerates. When it is too late to fix an issue, the only thing left are regrets of what could have been said or done to prevent the obstacles caused.

Works Cited

Sophocles, Robert Fagles, Bernard MacGregor Walker. Knox, and Sophocles. The Three Theban Plays: Antigone, Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus. New York, NY: Penguin, 1987. Print.
Manimtim, Jedley. N.p., n. d. 8 Oct 2013. .
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