How does Creon threaten the sentry in Antigone?

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The incident with the sentry says a lot about Creon, how intimidating and tyrannical he is. It's not the sentry's fault that someone has decided to defy Creon and bury Polyneices. Yet that doesn't stop Creon from threatening the poor man with death if he doesn't come back and tell him the name of the perpetrator of this outrageous challenge to his kingly authority. If the sentry can't do this, then he'll be held personally responsible for burying Polyneices's corpse. He will then suffer the punishment as set out in Creon's original decree—death.


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