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Author: Faith A.
In ancient Thebes, a story has just developed. After the rise and fall of Oedipus Rex comes the detriment of his daughter and the rise and fall of Creon. Antigone only wanted to give her brother proper burial rights. Her intentions were good despite the fact that she went against Creon’s law. Creon was out of line and Antigone did not commit a crime worth the tragic death she suffered.
Imagine losing your mother and father at such a young age. Imagine soon after losing both of your brothers. Alas, one of your beloved siblings has been deemed a traitor. He will not receive a proper burial, so you decide to take it upon yourself.
Much to Antigone’s disgust, Creon made a law banning the burial of her brother, Polyneices. He made it known to all, and anyone who broke the law would be publicly stoned to death. Antigone consciously decided to bury him anyway, because that was the right thing to do. When sentenced to die of starvation in a cave, she killed herself. Her husband to be, Haemon, killed himself in despair. She died a martyr. Creon was a self-centered, insecure, dictator.
Author: Grant R.
Breaking news today in Thebes as Antigone, the daughter of Oedipus, is accused of a high crime. She was caught burying Polyneices, her dear brother and a traitor to all of Thebes. But is this burial really a crime?
According to Creon, yes. Polyneices turned on his own brother, Eteocles. They were supposed to rule with equal power. The rebellion was eventually stopped, but at the cost of both brothers’ lives. Our noble King Creon made the decision to dishonor Polyneices for his traitorous actions, denying him the right to a proper burial.
Antigone’s attempt to bury Polyneices violates Creon’s law, and it is rumored she has been locked up somewhere and “left to rot,” according to one of the royal guards. Her predicted fate is death, which is a horrible price to pay for just burying her brother. So is this punishment fair? We think no.
Creon’s actions are the real crime. The actions of Polyneices are wrong; that is not in question. But that does not justify such a horrible punishment as rotting above the ground, especially for royal flesh, being food for birds and living an eternal life of unrest. That is not a fair punishment for a royal man simply trying to obtain his rightful share of power.
Creon's actions have also caused the death of his own beloved son, Haemon. As all of Thebes mourns for this loss, we must ask the question: Are we going to let Creon get away with his crimes?
Author: Vanessa R.
With the tragic events in Thebes, we asked the citizens to tell us their options. Who was the hero? Antigone trying to give her brother burial rights or Creon trying to prevent a traitor from being honored? We first asked Akakios, an elderly citizen, of what he felt of the whole situation,
“Oh the suffering of the people. With all the fighting of the brothers, it was only continued after death. Creon had his right as King to demand of his people to leave the body to rot, and even I did not mourn Polynices. When Antigone went against the King’s word, she knew of the consequences, and her death was her choice. All the royalty to die in the past few days was their choice, and Creon now suffers in the aftermath. Poor Creon and poor Thebes.”
The next citizen we asked was Gaios, a friend of the late Haemon. Young in age, but strong in option, he stated,
“The power has gone to Creon’s head and corrupted his mind. We know Antigone did the right thing! She was honoring the dead, and though he went against Thebes, Polynic did not deserve to be a lost soul. Creon’s cruelty lead to his punishment, the death of his son and wife. I will not mourn Creon’’s suffering, but instead the death of my dear friend, Haemon.”Was Creon a bad guy or was he simply doing what he thought was right, but was too naive to know his wrongs? In the end, sorrow would fall upon us all.
Author: Kaitlyn M.
Antigone of Thebes, age 23, died near mount Cithaeron, On October the 6th 440 BCE. The cause was self inflicted asphyxiation.Born September 30th 417 BCE, in Thebes, where she lived for the entirety of her life. She live as a princess to the crown of Thebes, but was always haunted by the fate of her parents. Antigone was a headstrong girl who enjoyed spending time with her family and and future husband. She is preceded in death by her brothers, Eteocles and Polynices. Her death is tragically followed by the passing away of her fiance Haemon, Her sister Ismene, and her mother in law Eurydice. The lone survivor of her family is her uncle, Creon. Services will be held October 10th in the main temple of Thebes. Burial will be held in private. Following the funeral the city will remain in a state of mourning until further notice.
All of this is tragic timing, as Antigone's wedding was just announced days earlier. Here is an excerpt from our previous article on the announcement to refresh your memory:
"Antigone, daughter of Oedipus Jocasta of Thebes, and Haemon, son of Creon and Eurydice of Thebes, scheduled to be married October 7th 440 BCE.
The ceremony will be held on Mount Cithaeron and the couple will be married by the high priest Sophocles of Athens.
Given in marriage by her uncle, the bride will be attended by her sister Ismene as maid of honor, with her mother in law Eurydice, and her loyal nurse.
The best man will be Creon, father of the groom. Eteocles and Polynices, brothers of the bride, will serve as ushers.
The bride has acted as princess for the kingdom of Thebes throughout her life, and she is planning to become queen of the Kingdom at some point after her marriage
The groom will join his wife and will share the duties of the crown.
After a short honeymoon, the couple will reside in Thebes."
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