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Her brother Eteocles will be honored, but her brother Polyneices will be shamed and denied funeral rites.

In this ancient tale, Antigone stands for morality in spite of punishment as one of the earliest heroines in drama. For instance, when I see Antigone speak truth to power, I also see Emma Gonzalez and the other young men and women in America mobilized in their defiance against the political machines poised to dismiss their voices. In her unflinching dedication to do what is right rather than buckling under the pressure of what is easy, Antigone reaches across time to invite us to challenge injustice, honor the memories of those we love, and continue speaking up for others even and especially when our words are unpopular.

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Laius is killed by his son Oedipus. Oedipus and Jocasta have children: his twin sons, Polynices and Eteocles , and daughters, Antigone and Ismene. After learning that he murdered his father and married his mother, Oedipus gouges out his eyes and exiles himself.

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He later dies at Colonus. Polynices and Eteocles decide to alternate ruling Thebes from one year to the next.

Antigone - Ancient Greece

After the first year, Eteocles refuses to surrender the throne. Peleus along with his brother, Telamon, killed their half-brother Phocus and ran away to escape from punishment. During hunting, Peleus accidentally killed Eurytion and ran away from Phthia.


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Again, Acastus purified Peleus. In Lolcus, Peleus lost a wrestling match in the funeral games of Pelias, Acastus' father, to Atalanta. Astydameia, Acastus' wife, fell in love with Peleus but he scorned her. She informed Antigone that Peleus was to marry Acastus' daughter; Antigone hanged herself.

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