Oedipus, Creon, and Antigone did help their own downfalls along. The gods did deal each one terrible situations, but pride caused the total destruction of each.
Oedipus, trying to avoid the wrath of the gods, leaves his own country so that the prophesy of his killing his own father would not come true. Right away, we learn that humans, by their own wills, cannot change destiny dictated by the gods. After unknowingly killing his own father, Oedipus becomes king of his new country. He also takes his real mother as his wife.


When the disfavor of the gods falls upon Oedipus’ kingdom, he tries to find the cause. Though he is warned repeatedly by a prophet of the gods, Oedipus still ventures forth in his quest for knowledge. Oedipus would not rest until the culprit was found, yet would not believe that he was actually responsible until he could no longer halt his own curiosity.

Antigone decided that she would bury her fallen brother, though illegal. Since the law was to fault in this case, and not her, the tragic flaw is a little unclear. However, pride still plays its part in Antigone’s tragic downfall. Though most of the tragic flaws were made by Creon, Antigone participated in them by being so headstrong. She did not have to create the magnitude of anger that she did in her father in law/uncle/great uncle.

Creon is the perfect example of pride being one’s tragic flaw. His pride caused him not to properly bury Antigone’s brother, and to enforce the law upon not only a woman, but on his blood relative/in-law. His pride also caused him to disregard the pleads of his own son and his people. Creon possessed the power throughout the play to halt everything, yet he chose to take the collision course with the gods and his own family. Creon, unlike Oedipus, knew exactly what was going on, yet his pride would not allow him to stop.

Every tragic figure appears to need a tragic flaw, and the style for tragic flaws was apparently using pride as the flaw. Human pride may bother the gods, but it is no longer considered the only tragic flaw worth writing about. These three people may have caused their own downfalls because of too much pride,  yet we all know that a little pride will not cause multiple deaths in our families!