In Antigone, why was Polyneices exiled?


In Antigone, why was Polyneices exiled?

Heir to the Throne:

Oedipus left his sons in a bit of a quandry when he abandoned the throne of Thebes. Sophocles gives some indication of what occurred between the two brothers before pursuing the conflict between Antigone and the current king of Thebes, Creon. Their conflict does center on Polyneices and his exile.

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Polyneices was exiled because he dared to ask for his turn to serve as king of Thebes. Eteocles took his place on the throne first. The agreement was...

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Antigone by Sophocles: Summary, Characters & Analysis


Chapter 6 / Lesson 22

What happens in Sophocles' Antigone? Find an overview of the Antigone plot, a summary analysis, and descriptions of the key characters and themes in Antigone.

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