Why does Creon feel he must punish Antigone?

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Why does Creon feel he must punish Antigone?

Antigone:

Sophocles' tragedy Antigone takes place in the Grecian city of Thebes. Up until the civil war against his brother claimed his life, Eteocles, son of Oedipus, was the king of Thebes. When the play opens, Eteocles' uncle Creon has become the new king. He was Eteocles' ally during the war and has Eteocles buried with honors. However, Creon orders for Eteocle's brother Polynices to be left unburied as punishment for his rebellion.

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Creon feels he must punish Antigone because, by defying his authority and trying to bury her brother, Antigone has become a threat to his rule. He is...

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King Creon in Antigone: Character Traits & Quotes

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In this lesson we will explore King Creon's character in Sophocles's 'Antigone'. We will examine his role and his background, looking at Creon as the antagonist as well as the victim.


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