In "Antigone," what quote identifies Creon's motivation in Act One, Scene Two? 

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In Act 1, Scene 2, Creon says that the good of the state must come first. Anyone who puts friend or family above the state is "worthless". That is why he refuses to allow Polynices' body to be buried. Creon's nephew,Polynices, had been disloyal to the state of Thebes by attacking it. Thus Creon is trying to make an example of his nephew when he says:

" . . .everyone must leave him unburied,
a feast for birds and dogs, an outrage to see."

He continues by promising the same fate to anyone else who attacks Thebes. He says,

"This is my judgment, and never from me
will the base take equal honor to the good;
but whoever is friendly to this city will
in life and death be equally honored by me."