How Does Ignorance And Pride Play A Part In Man’s Destruction?

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The choices we make define the destiny of our lives. Since the beginning of time, man has always been an imperfect being full of flaws. Man is faced with different situations that can end up bringing disgrace to himself and his family if the situations are not well handled. In the texts Book II of the Aeneid by Virgil, Antigone by Sophocles, Oedipus the king by Sophocles, and Book XXII from the Iliad by Homer; Creon, the Trojan people, Hector, Achilles, and Oedipus embody what can lead to a man’s downfall through their own choices. Through these texts we are able to learn from the mistakes people made in the past and lead good moral lives. The texts illustrate how pride, lack of empathy, and ignorance lead to the destruction of man.
In most cases pride always results from great accomplishments. Pride can lead to deception where people especially the ones in power, base their decisions on their ability to have dominion over everyone else. It is the major cause of broken relationships within family members. Pride has and will always be root of evil unless people change and humble themselves. Pride is most evidently seen in Antigone by Sophocles where Creon, the leader, refuses to listen to reasons as seen through Teiresias and Haemon. Teiresias gives him an advice that states; “And your house will be full of men and women weeping, And curses will be hurled at you from far Cities grieving for sons unburied, left to rot Before the walls of Thebes.” (Ant. 214). Instead of listening to the advice and taking actions, Creon mocks Teiresias and tells him that his prophecy is for sale. Creon's human flaws and emotions such as pride and arrogance lead to his ultimate downfall as well as his family’s, which ties into him being the tragic hero. He is stubborn and his pride is so great that he cannot bring himself to acknowledge that he could ever do wrong especially on his judgment towards Antigone. When Creon is talking to Teiresias, a prophet, he thinks that he is being paid off. Teiresias tells Creon that the decision he is making is not only going to leave him ruined and without family but also have the people of Thebes against him. Creon says, “Whatever you say, you will not change my will.” (Antigone page) meaning that he has made up his mind on Antigone’s punishment. Being stubborn limits one from making the right choices and in most cases the choices the person ends up making results to tragedy as seen at the end of the text Antigone.
Due to his pride, Creon chooses to punish Antigone instead of letting her go because he thinks that freeing Antigone will show that he is weak. His ego prevents him from listening to any advice given to him. He states, "My voice is the one voice giving orders in this city". (Antigone Page) to make it known that he has the final decision. By saying that he also means that he is supreme and everyone else is below him. The inability to listen to people with higher knowledge leads to epic failure. Creon, however, does...

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