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Eli Hoffman Ms. Greico Antigone Revised Up Draft 4/15/19 The Struggle to Establish Power Since the beginning of time leaders have struggled to maintain authority over their people. In the play “Antigone” by Sophocles, Creon struggles with the ability to maintain his leadership. Through Creon's downfall due to his excessive pride, stubbornness , and extremism, the play, "Antigone" demonstrates the proper way to establish authority and leadership. Creon had an excessive amount of pride which led to his downfall. For example, he declares “The gods! Intolerable! The gods favor this corpse? Why? How had he served them?” (Sophocles 201). The author’s use of tone in this phrase indicates that Creon believed no one knew better than him, even the gods. Another example of Creon’s excessive pride is when he states, “Who is the man here, She or I if this crime goes unpunished?” (209). This phrase shows how Creon made decisions based on the appearance of his image rather than what was best for his people. Later Creon says to Teiresias, “What new thing have you to tell us, old Teiresias?”

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