Valerie Vladianu
17 July 2015
English 1020
Antigone and Creon

Specifically in this Greek drama, hubris speaks of pride. There are two main characters in Sophocles’ Antigone that display hubris. Princess Antigone of Thebes shows pride when she elects to submit to divine law but violates a royal law. She does not make any effort to respect her uncle Creon who is her supreme. Creon is the king of Thebes. He is prideful, he have no intent to pay attention to others’ opinions, and he is deal with. He receives the crown after his brother dies and he feels he can do anything he wishes and orders others around. At first, although both characters display hubris, to me Antigone was a hero. What she did for her brother was very humble. Not many could have the power to do like she did in her condition. I believed the true tragic hero was Creon because he is neither too good nor bad. Yet, upon further thinking and analysis, Antigone and Creon are both tragic heroes. Antigone’s flaws are rebellion and independence while Creon is flawed because he is mad and intolerant.

Antigone displays hubris when she chooses to revere the gods but that doesn’t allow her to disregard royals, because on earth they are the ones who represent the gods. Antigone looked after what she believed was right, even though she was between fools, many difficulties, and people who were unpromisingly spineless. When Creon as king commanded that the body of her brother be dumped without a proper burial because he had betrayed the family before he passed, she made the effort to lay him to rest even if she knew that she would get in trouble. She held fast to the belief that her departed brother’s soul may not be able to rest if his body was not put in the ground so she made her choice to defy her controlling uncle Creon so that her brother could rest in peace. This causes difficulties for Antigone; she is aware she must submit to the rules of the gods to lay her brother to rest, but the consequence would be that she would die on earth as a mortal punishment.

As king, Creon saw himself above all others and so didn’t consider listening to others’ views. For instance, when his son let him know that the people in town were on Antigone’s side, Creon didn’t pay attention to their opinions since he was the one in charge and not the Theabeans. He is a difficult person to deal with because he made no effort to see the perspective from Antigone’s standpoint and decided right away to reprove her. His behavior influences the play because he is the one in command yet he missuses his rule. Yet, not everybody’s conduct and choice was influenced by Creon’s faults. Antigone is the single eccentric individual who accomplished all that she sought. It didn’t matter if Creon accepted or didn’t, she was totally truthful about what she did.

Both characters are tragic heroes for two unlike causes. First Antigone is quite defiant and determined. Creon instead has confidence in that he can exploit his authority and he doesn’t think about the consequences of his behavior. Creon also relies on pressuring the Thebeans to be afraid of him so that he can successfully influence the city and avoid rebellions. Maybe if Creon had paid attention to his brother’s opinion and forgive Antigone, then the citizens would view him as a kindhearted and caring leader instead of tyrannical bully. Antigone\'s flaw is her rebellion along with her pride. She sought to demonstrate to everybody that a woman can accomplish same such things like a man could. Besides she desired everybody to recognize what she had carried out so that other people would pursue her courageous example and possibly think of the cost and sacrifice. Ultimately she ends up being a sufferer for a cause like she intended.

Both tragic heroes influence the play in a way that the audience can predict their ultimate end. The audience is mindful of hubris and willfulness as tragic flaws; therefore viewers can accept that both characters are testing their luck to a moment when it’s time for them to die.