Was Sophocles in favor of Antigone or Creon?


Was Sophocles in favor of Antigone or Creon?


Antigone is a play written by Sophocles. The play is about the children of Jocasta and Oedipus, the King of Thebes who inadvertently killed his father and married his mother. Prior to the beginning of the play, the two sons of Oedipus, Eteocles and Polynices, lead opposite sides of the Thebes' civil war. Both brothers die in battle. The new King of Thebes, Creon, declares that Eteocles will be buried, but Polynices will be left on the field. Antigone wants to and does bury her brother, Polynices. Because Antigone went against Creon, he sentences her to die in a cave. Creon soon regrets his decision and goes to get Antigone, but it is too late. She hanged herself. Creon's son kills himself in despair, and Creon is left a broken man.

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Sophocles seems to favor Antigone in Antigone. This can be seen in how Antigone is portrayed. She does what she can to please the gods by honoring her...

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