In "Antigone", why is Creon intent on harshly punishing all those who break the law?

In "Antigone", why is Creon intent on harshly punishing all those who break the law?

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Creon has just faced a civil war in which his own nephew, Polynices, fought against Thebes. He feels betrayed by Polynices' actions and wants to set an example lest anyone else try to disobey the state. He is trying to cement his own power before anyone else tries to challenge it. Thus, he is willing to put the state before the laws of the Gods, the long traditions of the prophets not to mention the needs of his own family. This disrespect for custom and tradition, and his arrogance in presuming...

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