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  • Prologue
  • You value the laws of men over the laws of the gods.
  • We are but women, what can we do?
  • Parados
  • The father of heaven abhors the proud tongues boasting.
  • Yes my Lord. Your word is Law.
  • Scene 1
  • I decree that none shall bury that traitor Polynices lest they be killed
  • Poor Antigone. Well better her than me.
  • Antigone reveals to Ismene that Creon has created a law that states that the honorable brother Eteocles will be buried and that the traitor Polynices shall be unburied. Antigone tries to convince her sister to defy the king's law but Ismene refuses. The two argue with both convinced that they are correct.
  • Scene 2
  • Do you admit to knowingly defying my orders?
  • The chorus relates the battle that occurred between Oedipus's two sons, Eteocles and Polynices. It describes Polynices as a bird of prey and holds him to be a traitor. It also tells of the death of both son's, each killed by each other.
  • Scene 3
  • Does not every state belong to its ruler?
  • Love conquers All.
  • In this scene, Creon formerly relates to the people of Thebes his plans of burying Eteocles and his edict that Polynices should remain without a funeral. The chorus agrees. At this time a sentry appears and says that someone has defied his edict. Creon becomes angry and promises to punish the sentry unless this perpetrator is found.
  • Scene 4
  • Alas! My bloodline is cursed and I have none to weep for me.
  • The People of thebes are surprised to see the sentry bringing Antigone forward as a prisoner. It is revealed that she is the one who disobeyed Creon and she does not deny her act but embraces it. Creon becomes angry and tries to punish Ismene but Antigone will not allow it. Creon reveals his distrust of women and is harsh on Antigone and all traitors.
  • Yes I admit. And I am proud of my actions. Your order did not come from the gods.
  • Haemon enters the scene, and to the delight of his father, is in agreement with Creon. After a while however, Haemon tries to tell his father that he is being to stubborn and is not being wise. He says that the people secretly agree with Antigone, and that he should listen to the advice of others. Creon becomes angry and Haemon leaves. The chorus then talks about love's greatness.
  • You would make a good ruler. On a desert Island.
  • The people of Thebes see Antigone going towards her punishment and feel saddened. Antigone herself confesses that she is also sad that there will be none left to morn her and that her family is cursed. The chorus tries to tell her that she will still be admired as the one who defied the king. Creon enters and tells the guards to hurry with her punishment.
  • All this chit chat is making me look bad.
  • We think you are brave fair lady.
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