Does Sophocles take a stand in favor of either side (Antigone or Creon) in Antigone? How?

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This is an interesting question, because one could argue either side of it. The story of Antigone is part of the Oedipus cycle—she is Oedipus's daughter—and Eteocles and Polyneices were his sons. After doom comes upon Oedipus, he flees Thebes to wander the countryside as a blind beggar. The city is left without a ruler, and it plunges into civil war as Oedipus's sons fight for control of Thebes (this story is detailed in Aeschylus's play Seven Against Thebes). Antigone opens at the end of this war, when Creon, Oedipus's brother-in-law, becomes the king.

Creon leaves the body of Polyneices unburied to serve as a warning to any remaining rebels in the city: make war on Thebes, and this will be your fate. Leaving the dead unburied was a severe taboo in Ancient Greek society, as it was felt to be offensive to the gods and prevented the soul of the unburied corpse from crossing the River Acheron into the Underworld. By threatening people with the spectacle of an unburied enemy, Creon is making...

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