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How does Antigone show bravery and courage in Sophocles, Antigone?

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Antigone shows her bravery by defying the express orders of the Theban king Creon. Antigone's brother, Polyneices, participated in a plot against Thebes. In the ensuing civil war, he was killed, and as a traitor, his body was left to rot out in the open on Creon's orders. Creon expressly forbids Antigone, or anyone else, from burying Polyneices's corpse, on pain of death. But Antigone defies Creon; she answers to a higher law, the law of the gods. She knows that Creon's orders, though perfectly legal, represent an act of sacrilege against the gods. She may not fear Creon, but she certainly fears the gods, and so she must do right by them.

Antigone knows how stubborn and vengeful Creon is, how unlikely it is that he will relent, and how...

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