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Creon Timeline and Summary
After Eteocles and Polyneices kill each other, Creon takes the throne of Thebes. Creon orders that, because Polyneices attacked the city, he will not be given proper burial rites. Anyone who buries Polyneices will be punished by death. Creon learns from a sentry that someone has buried Polyneices. Creon demands that the sentry discover who did it. He threatens the sentry with death if he can’t figure it out. The sentry brings Antigone in and reports that she was the one who buried Polyneices. Creon vows to execute her. Creon and Antigone argue over the virtue of the law. Creon discuses with his son Haemon his decision to have Antigone executed. Teiresias arrives to speak with Creon. He advises Creon not to execute Antigone, because possibly (although he doesn’t say this directly) EVERYONE will die. When Creon refuses to obey the prophet, Teiresias predicts he will suffer and die. This part IS quite direct. Creon grapples with his choices. At the Chorus’s urging, he goes to release Antigone and see to Polyneices’s burial. Before he can release Antigone, Creon discovers that his wife, Antigone, and Haemon have killed themselves. In despair and fear of his own death, Creon asks to be led off stage.