Antigone, angered by how Creon dishnors her brother, tells her sister Ismene she is going to bury Polyneices. Ismene, terrified by the consequences, attempts to convince her sister otherwise. The chorus, overhearing their conversation, disapprove.
Antigone, strongly adhering to her principles, nevertheless buries her brother Polyneices during the night. Unfortunately, a guard patrolling catches her and she is therefore presented to Creon.
Creon, hoping to preserve his reputation as king, sentences Antigone to death like he would to the culprit if he wasn't Antigone. Despite knowing that she would die, Antigone remains true to her beliefs. The chorus bows down and worships Creon.
Haimon argues with Creon hoping that Antigone could be spared of death. Later on, the blind prophet Tiresias attempts to convince Creon by saying that if Creon punishes Antigone, he will be cursed. Creon responds by sending Antigone to jail instead.
Antigone hangs herself in jail. Hurt by the distressing news, both the wife of Creon Eudice and the fiance of Antigone Haimon kill themselves as well.
Creon, sad that everyone he loves has passed away (killing themselves), is left alone in his distress. Regret engulfs him, but the helpless Creon can only mourn. The chorus, unknowing of the situation, weeps with Creon as well.