One question that has not yet been considered is this: Is Creon really the antagonist, or villain, in the play? Is there really a hero in this play? Does Creon simply take advantage of the opportunity to sieze power for himself, or is he trying to bring restoration to his city by denying Oedipus's children their birthright to the throne? His motivation for not pardoning Antigone is his fear of anarchy, but what is his motive for not allowing a funeral for Polyneices? Since Eteocles denied his heritage and sided with Creon, it could be that Polyneices symbolizes the rotten state of his family: as his body rots, so will the memory of his father and family.