The Consequences Of Creons In Sophocles Antigone

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In the Greek Tragedy, Antigone, Sophocles demonstrates the consequences of hubris with Creon, the Theban king, as he suffers by losing everyone close to him.
Creon is a man who has just become the king of Thebes and has a flaw of having too much pride. He can’t control the power of being over other people and he just lets the power go to his head. In getting his new power, Creon institutes a law that states that only Eteocles will be buried with full honor and Polyneices “must be left unburied” (229). Creon warns the citizens by stating that “these are my principles” (232) for that nobody defies his law, including the gods. However, this goes against the law of the gods, which states that every human being will be properly buried. This leads to Creon’s downfall because it leads to Antigone committing suicide, which ultimately leads to the deaths of Creon’s wife and son.
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Teiresias's prophecy reveals that Creon is doomed and can not escape fate. When Teiresias tries to make his sacrifice, it won’t burn. This tells Teiresias that Creon has angered the gods because what he did that went against the will of the gods. The gods will punish him severely due to his actions by only burying one man with honor and the other left out in the wild to rot. Thinking he is not wrong about his actions, Creon claims “You’ll never bury that body in the grave,” (1150) and cries out that Teiresias is only “mad for money” (1170). Creon is still stubborn and reluctant to back down from his

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