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The Theban Times
Antigone’s Troubles Antigone has been caught! The brave, young sister of Ismene has been captured in the act of saving her dead brother’s soul. Creon, the King of Thebes, ordered for no one to give Polynices a burial. Antigone broke this law and stole her brother’s body. Citizens of Thebes overheard a conversation between her and her sister, Ismene. Antigone was heard asking her sister a favor. She asked, “Would you help me lift the body…you and me?” (Page 127). In reply, Ismene was heard saying, “To fight against men; our rulers are stronger are stronger than we, and we must obey in this, or in worse than this” (Page 128). It is clear that Ismene was not involved in the crime. Though, Antigone did go through with it herself. She gave him a proper burial in order to save his soul from eternal doom. Many citizens are wondering- did Antigone do the right thing? Many citizens believe Antigone did the right thing. Polynices is her brother. No one should allow their brother to spend eternity in hell. She knew that she could do something about it, so she did. In no way does Antigone deserve to die. Creon has ordered her to be put to death because she broke his law; this is very extreme! Though Creon’s law was technically broken, she did it for a very good reason. The ruling Creon had over Polynices’ body was pointless, the only reason he set this order in place was to show off his power as king. He has the ability to control everyone, so he does, even if there isn’t any apparent reason. As a citizen of Thebes, I do not support the king’s rule. Creon’s ruling was extremely unfair, so Antigone took matters into her own hands and kidnapped Polynices’ lifeless body. Never once did Creon give reasoning for his ruling. If any citizen were to question him, he would have their head; Creon is an evil tyrant! He says himself, “Shall evil triumph over good?”…...

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