Who catches Antigone burying her brother?

In Sophocles's Antigone, Creon rules that Polynices's body will be left to rot on the battlefield. He warns the people of Thebes that anyone who attempts to bury the treacherous prince will be stoned to death. He stations guards to keep watch over Polynices's body at all times. Antigone is unaware of the presence of the guards and sneaks out at night to bury her brother. She is caught by one of the royal sentries and brought to Creon.

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Prior to the opening of Sophocles's Antigone, the titular character's brothers, Eteocles and Polynices, kill each other in battle.

Creon decrees that Eteocles will be buried properly and with honors, as he died defending Thebes. Polynices, on the other hand, is now considered a traitor, because he attacked his native city with outside forces. Because of this betrayal, Creon rules that Polynices's body will be left to rot on the battlefield. Anyone who attempts to bury the dishonored prince will be killed.

Creon orders his guards to keep watch over Polynices's body day and night.

Antigone is enraged and heartbroken by Creon's treatment of Polynices. She believes that the laws of the gods are more important than Creon's law, and she decides to violate his edict and give her brother a proper burial.

Antigone, unaware of the royal sentries stationed near her brother's body, buries Polynices. She is immediately caught by one of the guards and then brought to Creon to answer for her crime.

Antigone maintains her innocence. Creon is infuriated by Antigone's refusal to obey his laws. He sentences her to death. At first, he decides she will be publicly stoned, but he later changes his mind and has her entombed, leaving her to die of starvation. By the time he regrets her death sentence and tries to reverse it, it is too late: she has hung herself in her tomb.

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