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A master artisan and innovator of the Greek tragedy Sophocless insightful plays have held their value throughout countless time periods and societies Through the use of common literary techniques Sophocles was able to express themes and ideas that reflect all of humankind On particular idea was that Sophocles believed that hubris is destructive and will eventually lead to ones demise Creon the proud king of Thebes has such a fatal flaw His hubris alienates Teiresias Haimon and his people Teiresias attempts to explain to Creon the severity of Creons actions but Creon only shuns Teiresias No matter how potent the signs Creon would not yield Scene 5 Line 47 Creons hubris prevents him from recognizing his self-destructive behavior Instead he accuses Teiresias of disloyalty and succumbing to bribery He feels Teiresias has sold out Scene 5 Line 65 and that Creon was the butt for the dull arrows of doddering fortunetellers Scene 5 Line 42 Such inventions of Creon prove to be both counter-productive and foolish for Teiresias did speak the truth and Creon is only further drawn into his false reality dictated by hubris Creons fatal flaw overcomes him in a discussion with his son Haimon confronts his father about Creons reckless and unreasonable actions dealing with Antigone His hubris transcends his better judgement and causes Creon to become defensive Creon then ignores his sons recommendations on the basis of age and seniority as follows You consider it right for a man of my years and experience to go to a school a boy Scene 3 Line 95 His anger intensifies until he explodes at his son Fool adolescent fool Scene 3 Line 114 At that point Creon was far too immersed in his own foolish pride to recognize his perverseness His hubris had reduced him into a raving lunatic only capable of destructive behavior Not even the Choragos was too insignificant to suffer the
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