Pride And Tragedy In Sophocles Things Fall Apart

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Pride and stubbornness both inevitably cause suffering and tragedy in one’s life. This argument is very prominent in Things Fall Apart by: Chinua Achebe and Antigone by: Sophocles because of the main characters in each. In Things Fall Apart , Achebe introduced a character named Okonkwo who is very prideful and is extremely stubborn. In Antigone, Sophocles shows two main characters and each one shows a lot of stubbornness . Antigone is very stubborn because she buries her brother, Polynices, which was against Creon’s law, and knows that her consequence would be death, yet she still does it. Creon is stubborn in that he refuses to listen to Antigone’s reasoning with an open mind. For both Antigone and Things Fall Apart, pride and stubbornness inevitably caused the suffering, tragedy, and ending of Antigone and …show more content…
Antigone is trying to do the right thing by the Gods and bury her brother but according to her king, Creon, she is in the wrong. She is in the wrong according to Creon because he put in place a law that says no one should bury the body of Polyneices, in her mind she was doing the right thing because it was correct according to the Gods law. Antigone was very stubborn because she decided to go against Creon’s law, knowing the consequences, and bury her brother. To the Greek Gods it is very wrong for you to not bury someone and Antigone points this out to Creon. Creon asks, “And you made free to overstep my law?”, and Antigone responds with, “Because it was not Zeus who ordered it”. In this quote from the story she is saying that since it was only ordered by Creon she should follow the God's law because Man’s law is present but not forever, God's laws’ are eternal. Creon shows stubbornness towards Antigone’s actions because he is choosing to not accept the fact that she is doing the right thing and that he has put in place a rule that is