Prologue: Antigone asks her sister iseme for help in burying her brother to honor the gods. Iseme refuses to help her in fear of Creon.
Parados: The chorus talks about the battle between the two brothers, Polynecies and Eteocles, who fought to the death for the crown.
Scene 1: A messenger brings news that someone has defied Creon's law and buried Polynecies.
Scene 2: Creon confronts Antigone about the burial and she admits to it. She claims that she was honoring God's law.
Scene 3: Haemon and Creon get into a heated argument regarding Antigone, the gods law, and civil law.
Scene 4: Antigone makes a speech in front of the people of Thebes as a plea. Creon vouches to lock her in a tomb until she starves to death, because he fears the gods and will not murder his own kin.
You cannot mean... to bury him? Against the order?
Is he not my brother, and yours, whether you like it or not? I shall never desert him, never.
Spoiled of their bronze for a tribute to Zeus; save two luckless brothers in one fight matched together and in one death laid low
It's this sir. The corpse ... someone has just buried it and gone.
What! Who dared do it ?
I do admit it. I do not deny it.
Well, what do you say - you, hiding your head there Do you admit, or do you deny the deed?
Only because i know you are wrong, wrong.
What sort of respect tramples on all that is holy?
Wrong? To respect my own authority?
But authority cannot afford to connive at disobedience. You are the victim of you own self-will.
Last daughter of your royal house Do I, his prisoner, because i honored Those things to which honor truly belongs
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