Our story begins in Greece where Antigone tells her sister if she has heard of Creon's new law?Ismene responds by saying "I have heard nothing only that two sisters have lost two brothers in a single hour and that the Argive army has fled in the night but beyond this I have heard nothing else.
Antigone tries to convince her sister to help her bury their brother Polyneices who did not get a proper burial because he was a "traitor". Ismene did not like this idea so she tried to talk her sister out of becoming a traitor .
Creon makes his decree telling the people of Thebes that he is now the new king and that the war has ended. Creon lets his people know that the previous kings Eteocloes and Polyneices have killed each other and that Eteocloes has had an honorable burial unlike Polyneices who was a traitor and any one who tries to burry him shall be killed.