Ode II, Scene 3, Ode 3
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There is a curse on Oedipus' children that foretells they will never get married. This is not an auspicious fate. The curse says that Oedipus' family tree will end because all of his children will die without having children.
Haimon goes to visit his father after hearing the news about Antigone. He tries to reason with his father, attempting to make him free Antigone.
"You are not in a position to know/ everything... They say...'She covered her brother's body. Is this/ indecent?/ She kept him from dogs and vultures. Is/ this a crime" (Sophocles iii. 59-67).
After Creon and Haimon argue for a while about what the right thing is to do, Creon has had enough and calls for Antigone to be killed right in front of Haimon. Haimon leaves in anger.
You are being so rude and insulting me! I will have Antigone die before your own very eyes!
No! she will not die here! And you will never see me again!
After his son leaves, Creon decides that he will let Ismene go because she had no part in the burial. However, he decides that Antigone will be locked up far in the wilderness. She will stay in a vault of stone and will not be killed by the state.
Ode III: Chorus says that Creon is right when he is talking about Haimon, and that Haimon is love struck.
Following his idea of locking Antigone away in a stone vault in the wilderness, Creon decides to finally take Antigone there.
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