Theme Of Hubris In Antigone

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Hubris

The killer was near her and him. Everyone knew who it was but them. He was with them everyday lurking the streets with them day by day and night by night. You could not escape him. Everyday he got closer and closer until they had lost everything. This killer was the monster inside of them named hubris. Sophocles main characters in his famous play Antigone, Antigone and Creon, had a "killer" inside of them that they struggled with everyday. This so called "killer" was called hubris which means excessive pride. The characters excessive pride led to the characters main downfall and was the main flaw of these characters. This flaw caused them to eventually lose everything they ever had. Sophocles uses verbal, dramatic, and situational
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His purpose for using dramatic irony is to create suspense and tension in the audience to express Creon’s flaw which is extreme pride. Creon's reference to the person that disobeyed his edict as "the man" reinforces a suspense or tension to the audience because the audience knows that "the man" is really Creon's niece/daughter figure. Creon just assumes that a man is doing this. He is sexist towards women. Sophocles made it clear in the play that whoever this so called man is shall be killed ,creating suspense to the audience (scene 1, lines: 43,60,85, 136-138). Here Sophocles is developing Creon’s rude, bitter, and sexist character and creates a suspense to the audience because we know that Antigone is “the man” who did this. Creon shows his excessive pride here because he is not reasoning with anyone. He doesn’t realize the situation and is basically saying that it is his way or you're going to be decapitated. He is being very prideful with his decision, and he is not letting his peers reason with him. Sophocles also uses situational irony to express Creon's selfishness and unfairness. The selfish but sympathetic sentry says,”it is no great pleasure to bring death to a friend” (Scene 2,lines 52-55). What he means by this is that he has saved himself from being killed,but brought death to his friend, Antigone. It was either Creon was going to kill him for bringing the bad news, or the sentry could find …show more content…
Sophocles built Antigone’s character as bitter, sarcastic,rebellious, and exasperated to build up and produce the character's downfall. It is the same with Creon. He built his character as rude, selfish, and bitter to build up to his main flaw. Antigone and Creon weren’t very different at all. The only way these characters could learn from their experiences was to fail. Just in today’s society, sometimes you have to fail before you can learn from your mistakes. Moby once said, “ Whenever I've had success, I never learn from it. Success usually breeds a degree of hubris. When you fail, that's when you

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