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Antigon presents many character traits, two of which are hubris and determination.

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Antigon� In the Greek drama Antigon�, by Sophocles, the protagonist Antigon� is involved in a conflict with her uncle Creon, the King of Thebes, which results in a tragedy. Throughout this devastating drama, Antigon� presents many character traits, two of which are hubris and determination. Her personality and actions not only lead to her own downfall, but to the downfall of the rest of the other characters as well. Hubris can be described as foolish pride and arrogance, which makes one feel that he or she is above others, often leading to one's downfall. Antigon�'s hubris is evident in many scenes throughout the drama. The cause of her pride was the issuing of Creon's edict, which Antigon� believes is morally wrong. An example of her hubris would be in Antigone's conversation with Ismene, "Antigon�: No, justice will not suffer you to do that; you did not consent to the deed, nor did I give you part in it. ...read more.

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Also, the following excerpt written by the critic Eliot, supports the hubristic personality of Antigon�, "...while both are also conscious that, in following out one principle, they are laying themselves open to just blame for the transgressing another and it is this consciousness which secretly heightens the exasperation of Creon and the defiant hardness of Antigon�" (Eliot 311). Eliot argues that Antigon�'s hubris is fueled in a way by Creon's hubris, and vice versa. Antigon� wants Creon to give in to the fact that she is right for giving Polyneices a proper burial, while Creon argues that Polyneices didn't deserve one. The two never reach an agreement because of their pompous obstinateness. Antigon� is too proud of what she has done, blinded by her boastful actions. Her actions and speech illustrate that she is above Creon in everyway. These examples portray how Antigon�'s hubristic personality permeates throughout this Greek drama. Another character trait of Antigon� that pervades through the tragic drama is determination. ...read more.

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She blends the softest affections of the woman, with sacred principles and unshaken honor" (Krstovic 304). This criticism shows that to Antigon�, the duty to bury Polyneices was a must-do. She loves him as much as she loves Eteocles, and will do anything, even suffer the consequences, to make sure her duty was carried out. Antigon� soft side also strengthens her determination, because if she didn't love Polyneices like a brother, she might not have given him the burial. These actions and feelings of Antigon� contribute to her character trait of being determined. Even though Antigon� knows she will face death for her deed, she fully commits to burying Polyneices. Therefore, she is obstinate and courageous in her ways, opposing King Creon and standing up to him. Two of her character traits portrayed in the drama are hubris and determination. A conclusion about human nature can be drawn from this Greek tragedy, that foolish pride leads to ones downfall. ...read more.

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