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Creon and Oedipus What leads a great man to his downfall The answer is pride or hubris Pride crushes leaders destroys cities demolishes states and annihilates countries In the plays ANTIGONE and OEDIPUS THE KING the same flaw crumbles the two leaders The two kings of Thebes Creon and Oedipus come to their demise because of the same tragic flaw they share pride The two characters Creon and Oedipus share many similarities such as their tragic flaw and their downfall due to their pride Nevertheless Creon ruled Thebes by his own will rather than for the good of the people however Oedipus ruled Thebes for the people he cared for the people The two characters the tragic heroes share similar qualities but view their roles as leaders differently Oedipus is blinded by his pride Oedipus mocks Tiresias a blind prophet of Apollo Blind lost in the night endless night that nursed you In ridiculing Tiresias he is in fact ridiculing the gods He says to Tiresias much as you want Your words are nothing He does not realize that he is the one that is blind he is the plague upon Thebes His blindness in his search for the truth leads to his eventual disgrace Oedipus accuses Creon and Tiresias of plotting against his to overthrow him Oedipus cannot change the past but he can control the present and in the present he has a will to know- and therefore to control reality This will to know and his want to control reality is his pride Oedipus comes to his senses when it is too late Blinded by his pride he has nowhere to go and is a disgrace He is responsible for his own downfall as is Creon Creon is a tragic figure with the same flaw Creon says experience theres the test He does not bear in mind what happened to Oedipus before him He doesnt use his experience to
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