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After the death of their father, Oedipus, Polyneices and Eteicles battle to decide who is the ruler of Thebes. This is a result of Eteocles not fulfilling a deal they made for who will rule. In anger, Polyneices formed an army from Argos to gain his throne. The two brothers killed each other in battle.
Following the death of the two heirs, Creon, their uncle ascends to the throne. Upon retaining his rule, he forms a decree, stating that Polyneices's burial is prohibited, as he is deemed a traitor for going against Thebes' ruler.
“—a proclamation has forbidden the city to dignify him with burial, mourn him at all.” (227-228)
Despite Creon's decree, Antigone must fulfill what she promised her brother, and bury him. She knows the consequences of this but she does it anyway.
"I did it. I don't deny a thing. (492)
Upon hearing that Antigone disobeyed his rule, he sentences her to death.
"Her? Don't even mention her- she no longer exists." (640-41)
As Antigone walks to where she is left to die, she begins to feel sorry for herself and mourn.
"No one to weep for me, my friends, no wedding song- they take me away in all my pain..." (963-65)
When Creon realizes his mistakes, he goes to free Antigone and Haemon, but find them both dead.
" And all the guilt is mine- can never be fixed on another man, no escape for me, I killed you..." (1441-43)
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