Was Antigone successful despite her suicide?
In Antigone, by Sophocles, the goal of the eponymous heroine is to bury the corpse of her brother Polynices. The reason for this was that most ancient Greeks believed that if a person's corpse was not buried with the appropriate rites, that person's spirit could not rest in the realms of the dead and might haunt the realms of the living. Even the corpses of enemy soldiers were given proper burials, and even if one was a complete stranger and saw an unburied dead body, one was expected to sprinkle a small amount of dirt on it as an expression of piety. Burial of human remains was considered an important religious duty and a prime responsibility of the women of the family of the deceased person.
Since Creon does, in fact,...
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