I have been faithful to Creon for years, but his hubris has grown significantly. Power has made him prideful, and he no longer follows the path that would best service the people. Now he offends the gods. Creon made an unfair proclamation that Polyneices should not be buried, as a form of punishment. However, this order was disobeyed. When I told him the gods should not be disobeyed, he grew upset, and blamed me as if I was the one who had disobeyed him. He called me stupid, and other names unfit to mention.

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He is angry because I am the bearer of bad news, and he feels as though his will has been questioned. I am loyal to Creon but my primary loyalty should be with the gods. What he does not realize is that if the gods are not obeyed, they will become displeased, causing all of society to suffer. Yet Creon, in his direct disobedience of the gods, still refuses to follow their wishes. He would rather have his own people suffer for punishment of his own offenses.

Due to Creon’s orders, I have little choice but to obey him. In his rage, Creon has ordered that I must find the one who buried Polyneicies. When I learned it was the sister who sought to bury Polyneices, Antigone, my heart grew weary. I understand her devotion, and though Polyneicies’ death was a political matter, Antigone’s loyalty and faithfulness shines through. However, surrendering Antigone would mean her death. Now the chorus sings, warning of the gods’ anger.

Creon does not listen, and he refuses to understand that his crime in having Polyneices remain unburied will cause greater grief and sadness. Antigone is the one who stands in defiance, and according to Creon’s law, she should be punished. However, this punishment would also be unjust, and Creon is the one who should ultimately be punished for his pride and refusal to obey the gods.