Antigone - Creon's Fatal Flaw
A master artisan and innovator of the Greek tragedy, Sophocles'
insightful plays have held their value throughout countless time periods
and societies. Through the use of common literary techniques, Sophocles
was able to express themes and ideas that reflect all of humankind. On
particular idea was that Sophocles believed that hubris is destructive and
will eventually lead to one's demise.
Creon, the proud king of Thebes has such a fatal flaw. His hubris
alienates Teiresias, Haimon, and his people. Teiresias attempts to
explain to Creon the severity of Creon's actions, but Creon only shuns
Teiresias. No matter how potent the signs, Creon "would not yield,"
(Scene 5, Line 47). Creon's hubris prevents him from recognizing his self-
destructive behavior. Instead, he accuses Teiresias of disloyalty and
succumbing to bribery. He feels Teiresias has "sold out" (Scene 5, Line
65) and that Creon was "the butt for th...
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