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In Sophocles play Antigone two main characters with strong personalities emerge Antigone and Creon In the beginning of the play Antigones brothers Polyneices and Eteocles have been slain by each others swords in battle Creon the king of Thebes has made a decree stating that Eteocles shall be given an honorable burial for his service to the city while Polyneices will be given no burial because he is considered a traitor the city of Thebes In ancient times if a person died and was not given a proper burial then their spirit would not be able to pass into Hades Because of this Antigone is determined to give her brother a proper burial At the same time Creon is determined that no one will bury Polyneices and anyone who tries will be condemned to death Although Creon and Antigone have conflicting points of view their character traits are similar and eventually lead to their own demise First of all both Creon and Antigone are very independent individuals In the beginning of the play Antigone asks her sister Ismene to help her bury their brother and Ismene refuses After that Antigone decides to act independently saying to Ismene I should not want you even if you asked to come But I will bury him Sophocles 54 56 She does not care if anyone is willing to assist her in burying Polyneices she is willing to do it on her own in spite of the consequences Creon is similarly independent When his son Haimon comes to talk with him Johnson 2 about condemning Antigone to death for what she has done he refuses to listen Creon acts independently by condemning Antigone to death despite the pleas of his son and of the community Creon and Antigone are also loyal to their own beliefs of which laws should be more important the laws of the state or the laws of the gods Creons
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