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In Antigone, what are Creon's principles?

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Thebes isn't a democracy. Creon is king and what he says goes. He's given a very specific order, and he expects it to be obeyed without question: Polyneices's body must be left to rot out in the open, and woe betide anyone who tries to bury it. Creon, like Antigone, also believes that he's faithfully carrying out the will of the gods. Polyneices, along with the other members of the so-called seven against Thebes, had desecrated the city's sacred temples during the recent civil war. As a result, Creon genuinely believes that the gods are on his side and that they approve of Polyneices's punishment. He's also very much a man of his time in that he expects absolute obedience from his son, Haemon. King or not, Creon is regarded by the prevailing standards as lord and master in his own house. This entitles Creon to insist on Haemon's compliance with his orders to the letter.

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Creon sums up his ruling principle when he states:

The man who considers more important
than his fatherland his friend, I...

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