Antigone - Dawson Houseman

Antigone - Dawson Houseman
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  • Ismene and Antigone's brothers: Eteocles and Polyneices, have died in battle and their uncle the new king Creon has decided to bury Eteocles with military honor but has sworn not to bury Polyneices. Antigone is going to bury Polyneices against Creon's law.
  • "I do not understand you. Help you what?" (30)
  • Antigone
  • Ismene, I am going to bury him. Will you come?" (31)
  • Ismene
  • Sentry has witnessed Antigone burying Polyneices and he brings her in to Creon. Creon asks Antigone if it's true and she doesn't deny anything.
  • Creon
  • Sentry
  • "I do. I deny nothing." (52)
  • "And you, Antigone, you with your head hanging - do you confess this thing?" (51)
  • "Creon, what more do you want than my death?" (93) "Then I beg you: kill me. This talking is a great weariness: your words are distasteful to me, and I am sure that mine seem so to you. And yet they should not seem so: I should have praise and honor for what I have done." (94-98)
  • Creon is talking with Antigone of why she has done what she did and that it was not okay and she shouldn't have done it. Antigone explains that was she has done is tradition and that she should be praised and honored for burying Polyneices.
  • "Nothing. That gives me everything." (94)
  • Antigone explains that her heart is full of love not hate, and it was her right and tradition to bury Polyneices. Creon is against her statement and claims that if she wants to find love she should go find it in hell because she won't find it there.
  • "Go join them, then; if you must have your love, find it in hell!" (119-120)
  • "It is my nature to join in love, not hate." (118)
  • Ismene is brought into the argument and is talking with Antigone of how it's also her fault. Antigone denies her and states that it was all her idea and her doing."
  • "But I can do nothing?" (144) "But we are equally guilty!" (146)
  • "Yes. Save yourself. I shall not envy you. There are those who will praise you; I shall have honor, too."
  • The Chorus is explaining to Creon that you should follow the gods law more than his own, because sometimes it can lead to disaster.
  • "There is no happiness where there is no wisdom; No wisdom but in submission to the gods." (140)
  • Chorus
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