Antigone: “dear sister, dear Ismene, how many griefs our father Oedipus handed down!” (line 1-2)
Antigone is the daughter of Oedipus and Jocasta. Oedipus is Jocasta's son who killed his father and married his mother unknowingly. They have four kids, Antigone, Ismene, Polynices, and Eteocles. Polyneices and Eteocles fight and kill each other in a battle for the throne.
Creon, the new king of Thebes, creates a law stating that anybody that buries the body of Polyneices will be put to death.
“No, he must be left unburied, his corpse carrion for the birds and dogs to tear, an obscenity for the citizens to behold!” (Line 229-231)
Antigone is arguing with her sister over her decision to bury their brother Polynices. Ismene is against it, trying to keep peace with the law but Antigone is confident in her decision. She buries Polynices although she knows she can be put to death
“Will you lift up his body with these bare hands and lower it with me?” (line 52-53)
“Oh Antigone, you're so rash—I'm so afraid for you!” (line 96)
Creon is enraged with Antigone and sentences her to death. Haemon, Antigone’s fiancée and Creon’s son, is also now mad with Creon for putting his wife to death.
“Bring her out, that hateful — she'll die now, here, in front of his eyes, beside her groom!” (line 852-54)
“Now don't, please, be quite so single-minded, self-involved, or assume the world is wrong and you are right.”(line 788-90)
Antigone’s confidence has broken and she is scared of her death. She worries that nobody will bury her body and that she will not belong in the underworld.
“I have no home on earth and none below, not with the living, not with the breathless dead.” (line 941-42)
“we found her . . . hanged by the neck in a fine linen noose strangled in her veils—and the boy, his arms flung around her waist, clinging to her, waiting for his bride, dead and down below, for his father's crimes” (line 1346-1351)
A prophet is able to convince Creon to change his mind after a large argument. But, by the time Creon makes it to the cell Antigone is dead and so is Haemon who committed suicide.