Pride And Consequences In Sophocles Antigone

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Through examination of Antigone’s and Kreon’s origins of pride and reactions to consequences in Sophocles’ Antigone, I found that Antigone herself drew more of my sympathy. Her brother’s improper burial as her basis of pride along with her steadfastness through times of retribution appeals significantly to the pathos of the audience. Such qualities—especially in contrast to Kreon’s selfish hamartia of hubris—provide for a tip in the scale of sympathy in favor of Antigone in the Greek tragedy. The initial moment in which Sophocles presents an opportunity for the audience to sympathize with Antigone arises at the first mention of Polyneices. Antigone introduces the plot-defining circumstance with “[h]as not Kreon honored only one of our …show more content…
Come the dénouement of the play, one can witness Kreon’s acknowledgement of the consequences of his actions. He sees that he is being punished for his wrong-doings and finds himself exasperated at his condemnation. “Oh harbor of Hades, unpurifiable, / why, oh why are you destroying me?” Kreon asks of the gods, who Antigone warned he would anger, “Oh herold sorrow’s evil tidings, / what word is this you utter? / Aiai! You’ve re-killed a man destroyed! / What are you telling me, boy? / What new slaughter do you say / embraces me—Aiai! Aiai!—on top of destruction of a woman’s doom?” (1284–1291). As he begins to concede his faults, he still remembers how prideful he was when making his decisions. He may confess responsibility, yet this does not outweigh the decisions he made in power and the consequences of them as he finds himself given up on the world around him, prepared to exist no further as he notes “this responsibility will cling forever. / It was I who killed you, I, wretch that I am! / It was I! I speak truly. / Oh, servants! / Leave me as quick as you can, / leave me out of the way, / I who exist no more than nothing,” (1319–1325). Kreon’s pride inevitably took such precedence that is thwarted sympathy from the

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