King Oedpus states that his sons should take turns ruling. If one refuses not to give up the throne, the two will fight to the death, leaving Creon next in line for the throne.
I'm the eldest son! I should be the sole King!
It's my turn to be king!
. Creon decides that he shall favor Eteocles, the eldest son. By doing so, he gives him a proper burial while leaving Polynices unburied. According to Greek lore, this means his soul will not go to the underworld.
Eteocles shall be buried.
Sister to the fallen Kings, Antigone decides to disobey Creon's decree and bury her brother. She cites the law of the gods as being higher than man's law.
Polynices, my brother may your soul be at rest now. You are free...
In utter tragedy, Antigone hangs herself. This is seen as a symbol of her martyrdom, rather than an act of despair.
Haemon threatens to kill his father Creon; however, he is unable to do so and takes his own life instead.
You killed my bride!
Haemon, son, I was on my way to free her... you must believe me.
When Queen Eurydice finds out her son has taken his life, she takes her own.