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Antigone Antigone written by the Greek dramatist Sophocles in 442 BC is a tragic play named after its most tragic figure Antigone is the story of a woman who stood for what she believed in and died for what she felt was right Antigone is arguably the most tragic figure in the play however this play could also have had several different titles due to the tragic events that occurred to many of the plays characters Creon King of Thebes loses his son and his wife due to his selfish and tyrannical actions Creons son and Antigones husband to be Haimon also took his own life after the passing of his future bride When the news of the loss of her son comes to Creons wife Eurydice she too takes her own life As you can see from just this brief summation Antigone could easily have had several different titles Antigone was probably chosen as the name of the play because she endured seemingly the great hardship and sacrifice and eventually took her own life Antigone had two brothers Eteocles and Polyneices both of whom died in a battle fought against one another Creon the King of Thebes ordered that Eteocles who fought for Creons army be buried with respect as a soldier should Concurrently he ordered that Polyneices be left to rot on the battlefield and die a traitor Regarding Antigones brothers Creon King of Thebes states Eteocles who died as a man should die fighting for his country is to be buried with full military honorsbut his brother Polyneices who broke his exile to come back with fire and sword against his native cityis to have no burial no man is to touch him or say the least prayer for him he shall lie on the plain unburied and the birds and the scavenging dogs can do with him whatever they like Sophocles 1290 Further
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