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The Tragedy of Antigone In the story of Antigone Oedipus has already died his two sons Polyneices and Eteocles left to contend for the throne of Thebes In their contention for the throne the two brothers slay one another leaving Creon once again to be the acting regent of Thebes With this power Creon declares that Polyneices must be left to rot on the battlefield the highest disgrace to any Greek Antigone daughter of Oedipus is left torn between state of family and in the end chooses family over state Disregarding Creons edict with grave danger to herself Antigone ventures to bury the body of Polyneices and thus begins her adventure Antigone is truly a tragic hero marked by her station as son of Oedipus and her proud and perhaps arrogant characteristics which will lead to her eventual inevitable tragic ending At the start of her tale Antigone is the daughter of royalty but more then that a daughter of a horrible tragedy through an unwitting horror story her father Oedipus was also her brother as Oedipus was married to his mother before she killed herself upon discovering the truth Before his death Oedipus had blinded himself adding to the tragedy However Antigones own tragedy was still unfolding Through her proud and unrelenting character Antigone is determined to give her brother a rightful burial despite Creons edict At first Antigone seeks the help of her sister Ismene but when she realizes the fear and submissive attitude Ismene possesses Antigone disregards it as even an option another example of perhaps Antigones tragic flaw her own arrogance As the tale continues Antigone does indeed bury her brother but is caught by Creon In doing so however she wins the support of the people of Thebes with her selfless actions for the sake of her family Creon despite the counsel of several people including his own son feels that regardless of the peoples opinion Antigone must
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