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AntigoneQuestions 1&2I believe Creon's motivation for forbidding the burial of his own nephew is that he wants absolute loyalty and respect from the Thebans. He believes he is the most powerful man of everyone and no one should ever go against his word.He needed the people to realize that Oedipus's line was gone from the throne and he was in charge. By forbidding the burial he also lets his people know he means business and will not tolerate traitors. I feel that he issued the edict because his family was already dysfunctional and fallen apart that the obligations to it seemed meaningless to him. Creon issues an edict that runs so contrary to his family obligations because he would rather be seen asthe most powerful man than a family man. Power is the most important thingin his life, without it, he has nothing. Creon see Polynices as a traitor to Thebes, so he think that Polynices should not be buried. However by forbidding the burial, he disobeyed the laws of the God. Antigone believes