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Creon vs Antigone in the burial of Polyneices When King Oedipus learned that he lived his life under a curse unknowingly killing his father and marrying his mother he poked out his own eyes and dissappeared into exile After Oedipus abandonment toghether his sons Eteocles and Polyneices ruled Thebes The two brothers eventually came to conflict Eteocles banished his brother and Ployneices attacked the city with an army outside of Thebes During the battle the sons of Oedipus slew each other leaving the throne to Creon who is next in blood Creon has announced that Eteocles is to be buried with military honors As for Polyneices he will recieve no such burial but instead will be left unburied Antigone one of the daughters of Oedipus and sister of Eteocles and Polyneices decides she is going to bury her brother against the kings wishes even though she is risking her life to do so King Creons decision not to properly bury Polyneices is because he feels he is a traitor to Thebes This is due to the fact that he broke out of exile and attacked his own city with an army form outside of Thebes King Creon says he is a coward to his city not a hero and therfore does not deserve to be buried with honor like his brother He forbids the people of Thebes to touch him to say a prayer for him or to bury him Anyone who goes against his commands will ultimately be put to death Creon is speaking for the best interst of the state not in terms of family He feels that he has to set an example for his people to deter cowardly actions like Polyneices in the future Antigone on the other hand is determined to bury her brother She feels that he fouth just as bravely and died just as miserably as Eteocles did therefore should be buried as a man not
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