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In Antigone, who does Creon think “buried” the body of Polyneices? Why did they do it?    

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In a classic example of shooting the messenger, Creon angrily threatens the sentry who informs him about Polyneices' burial, ordering him to find out who buried the body on pain of death. It's not the sentry's fault that someone buried Polyneices, but as it's already been established, Creon doesn't really go in for fairness all that much. He's a monstrous tyrant who simply must be in control of everyone else at all times. It's simply incomprehensible to him that anyone would have the sheer effrontery to defy his express orders. After all, Creon is king, and what he says goes—or at least, it should so. So his immediate reaction to the news of Polyneices' burial is to assume that one of the sentries has been bribed. In Creon's fevered imagination, that's the only rational explanation for why someone would go against his wishes.

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In Antigone, Creon believes that one of the sentries has buried the body of Polyneices.  When the appointed sentry arrives to tell Creon that the body has been buried overnight, Creon becomes angry and says that he believes that one of the sentries has been seduced by a bribe to bury the body.  The sentry who reports this information has foreseen that Creon will likely accuse him of either burying the body or at least failing in his duty to guard the body, so he prefaces his statements by saying that he has had no hand in the crime.  Creon tells him that he must go out to find the traitor or else he will have to be responsible for the burial.  Creon is untrusting of the citizens of Thebes and does not feel secure in his position as King.  So he believes that one the sentries has been bribed to break his law and rule.

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