Antigone's Conflict

Antigone's Conflict
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  • Prologue
  • Antigone
  • “Ismene, I am going to bury him. Will you come?” 31
  • “They mean a great deal to me, but I have no strength to break laws that were made for the public good.” 62
  • Ismene
  • Scene 1
  • King Creon
  • “Find that man, bring him here to me, or your death will be the least of your problems.” 251
  • “Well, then; the dead man Polyneices––out there––someone, –– new dust on the slimy flesh!” 201
  • Sentry
  • Scene 2
  • “And you, Antigone, you with your head hanging––do you confess this thing?” 350
  • “I do. I deny nothing.” 352
  • “Here is this woman. She is the guilty one: we found her trying to bury him.” 314
  • “You consider it right for a man of my years and experience to go to school to a boy?” 586
  • Antigone was telling her sister, Ismene, that Creon (the king of Thebes) decided to bury their brother Eteoclês but not Polyneices. Antigone believes that Polyneices has to be buried and is willing to bury him. However, Ismene does not support Antigone since burying Polyneices is against the law.
  • Scene 3
  • “They say no woman has ever, so unreasonably, Died so shameful a death for a generous act.” 554
  • Haimon
  • The king of Thebes, Creon, has announced that the 2 brothers killed each other. However just Eteoclês will be buried in honor, but Polyneices will lie unburied for the animals to eat. He announces that anyone who tries to bury him will be sentenced to death. The sentry then goes to Creon and tells him that a man has buried Polyneices. Creon gets enraged ad angry and orders the sentry to find the one who did this. No one knows that it’s Antigone who did that except for the audience and Ismene.
  • Scene 4
  • Chorus
  • “You walk at last into the underworld; untouched by sickness, broken by no sword.” 668
  • “And I shall see my father again, and you, mother, And dearest Polyneices––dearest indeed.” 717
  • “You know your orders: take her to the vault and leave her alone there.” 711
  • The sentry enters with Antigone. He calls for Creon and explains to him that she is the one who buried Polyneices. Creon gets shocked because she is his niece and he never thought she would disobey his laws. Creon questions Antigone and she doesn't deny anything. They both argue; she explains to Creon that Polyneices needs a proper burial too and that she didn’t do anything wrong.
  • Scene 5
  • “It seems that prophets have made me their especial province.” 811
  • “Haimon is dead; and the land that killed him is his own hand.” 918
  • Haimon goes to his father and obey him, but Creon is not being loyal to his city, and selfish so haimon changed his mind and thinks that Antigone did the right thing and she should be honored instead of being killed. He tells his father the people of the city are saying that he is unjust for killing Antigone and should let her go. But Creon doesn’t want to take advices from a young man and asks the guards to take her to the vault.
  • The chorus explains that Antigone is honorable and doesn’t deserve to die. However Creon wants Antigone to die so he orders the guards to take her to the vault. The only thing Antigone regrets is not marrying Haimon. She finds comfort at the thought that her mother, father, and brothers will be waiting for her in death. Antigone and Creon argue about her being mistaken.
  • Teiresias explains to Creon that because Polynieces is not buried, the city is cursed. The choragus tells Creon that he must release Antigone and bury Polynieces, and Creon agrees. Creon goes to Antigone’s vault and finds that she is dead with Haimon next to her. Haimon kills himself infront of his father. The messenger tells Eurydice that Haimon is dead, so she kills herself too. Creon didn’t listen to Haimon and Teiresias’ advices, he exiles himself for those crimes and wish to die.
  • Teiresias
  • “What glory is it to kill a man who is dead?” 808
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