"Antigone" by Sophocles

"Antigone" by Sophocles

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  • Prologue
  • Sister, you must come help me bury our dear brother, Polyneices.
  • I'm afraid I can't sister, for I must follow the law. Even if I do help, it will be impossible.
  • Scene 1
  • What man dared defile me!
  • I swear it wasn't me my king. Please don't hurt me.
  • Scene 2
  • So it was you who broke my law? Who do you think you are?
  • You can do whatever you want with me; I still stand by my decision.
  • Even though the burial of her recently deceased brother, Polyneices, has been outlawed, Antigone still has her mind set on giving him at least some sort of burial. After asking her sister Ismene for help, Ismene refuses, for "Impossible things should not be tried at all."(page 1072, line 76)
  • Scene 3
  • You'll never marry her while she lives.
  • After Speaking with the elders, Creon is confronted by a sentry who gives him unfortunate news. Against Creon's laws, Polyneices has been buried. This angers Creon, and he orders the sentry to find the "man" who did it.
  • Scene 4
  • It is time for you to be locked away.
  • Once  Antigone falls into the sentry's trap, she is taken to Creon immediately. It is then revealed to Creon that Ismene knew of this crime, so he decides to kill them both. But what will Haemon, the future groom of Antigone, think of this?
  • Scene 5 and Exodos
  • I'm sorry to tell you my lady, but your son has perished.
  • Haemon begins a very respectful talk with his father, but it quickly turns sour as Creon's stubbornness gets the best of him. The scene ends with a quarreling father and son, and it is decided that Antigone will be locked away in a cell.
  • Then she must die. But her death will cause another.
  • With the chorus feeling remorseful for Antigone, she is finally locked away. Before this though, Antigone decides to blame her father for all their families suffering. 
  • O Oedipus, why have you forsaken your family?
  • After listening to Teiresias's "prophecy", Creon finally decided to do the right thing. But, it is to late. After properly burying Polyneices, Creon finds a lifeless Antigone being held by Haemon. Haemon attempts to kill Creon, and after failing he just decides to take his own life. Once Creon's wife has heard about this, she kills her self as well. In the end, Creon has acknowledged his mistakes, and he couldn't be more remorseful.  
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