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In Antigone, what are some quotes when Creon shows tragic flaw?

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Posted October 19, 2010 at 8:50 AM via web

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In Antigone, what are some quotes when Creon shows tragic flaw?

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cetaylorplfd | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted July 5, 2011 at 9:22 PM (Answer #1)

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In Antigone, Creon's tragic flaw is his hubris which is exhibited in his refusal to listen to anyone's advice regarding the punishment he doles on Antigone.  Creon's tragic flaw is best seen in his interaction with Tieresias.  Creon admits at the beginning of the conversation that he always respects the word of Tieresias, but as the conversation unfolds and Tieresias tells Creon that he should listen to the people of Thebes and spare Antigone, Creon quickly changes sides.  Tieresias says "that to err from the right path is common to mankind," but Creon does not believe that he has made the wrong decision.  Creon tells Tieresias that he thinks the old man was paid to say these things to him--Creon does not believe that Tieresias is telling him the truth.  Creon is too proud as the new king to admit that he may have made a mistake, and he does not want to be seen as a coward in the eyes of the people of Thebes.

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