Antigone

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  • Creon, the king of Thebes and uncle of Antigone has gotten  the news that Polynieces and Etocles have died. Polynieces betrayed his own country, but Etocles died a hero. Creon believes that Etocles deserves a proper burial, but Polynieces does not. 
  • Polynieces does not deserve to be buried! No one shall bury him as long as I live, or else they will regret it, and be punished immediately! 
  • "I have heard nothing: I know that two sisters lost two brothers, a double death" (Sophocles Prologue 9).
  • Have you heard the new edict that our king Creon has laid upon us, Ismene? Our poor brother!
  • Ismene and Antigone are sisters of the brothers that died. Creon has created an edict that if anyone buries Polynieces, they will be punished. Antigone wants to bury her brother because she believes everyone deserves a proper burial.
  • Antigone has a plan to bury her brother Polynieces and asks Ismene to come along. Ismene thinks that Antigone is crazy, and should not commit to those acts.
  • "Ismene, I am going to bury him. Will you come?" (Sophocles Prologue 31).
  • You are bizzare! Going against Creon's rule will make you less defiled!
  • Creon thinks that Etocles is brave and died for the right cause. He describes that Polynieces is a traitor to his people and country and shall rot as he is dead.
  • As you can see, Etocles was a brave hero and did right, he deserves to be honored. On the other hand, Polynieces was the one to "Spill the blood of his his blood and sell his own people into slavery" (Sophocles i. 54-55).
  • The sentry comes to Creon to inform him that something terrible just had happened. He is making sure Creon knows that it was not him who had done it. The sentry does not know who did it either.
  • Creon, my dearest! Come to understand that I was not the one to undergo this act! For I have not seen who had done it either.
  • Come out with it! What had occurred!
  • The sentry explains that someone has buried the body of Polynieces. Creon is very angry that someone has buried Polynieces and he is not sure who did it. He wants to know who buried him.
  • And who dares to participate in this perverse act?!
  • "The dead man...Polynieces...someone has given it burial that way, and gone" (Sophocles Parados 102-105). 
  • Possibly an act of the Gods...
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