Antigone Scene 5

Antigone Scene 5

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  • Then take this, and take it to heart! The time is not far off when you shall pay back, Corpse for corpse, flesh of your own flesh.
  • No doubt. Speak: whatever you say, you will not change my will.
  • They are dead. The living are guilty of their death. Haemon... Haemon is dead; and the hand that killed him is his own hand.
  • Who is guilty? Who is dead? Speak!
  • Then do not pray any more: the sky is deaf.
  • I  have killed my son and my wife. I look for comfort; my comfort lies her dead. Whatever my hands have touched has come to nothing. Fate has brought all my pride to a thought of dust.
  • In the beginning of Scene 5 Teiresias in telling Creon is future, and what the consequences will be. Death is in the near future and pride will get in the way of many things.
  • This is when things started to go down hill and Teiresias' prediction(s) came to fruition. The messenger informs the Choragus that Haemon(Creon's son) is dead. Continuing with this scene we also learn Antigone is dead along with Creon's wife.
  • In the end Creon see the error of his ways and realized his pride got in the way of many things important in his life. He had to realize this with the death of his most beloved people. The choragus tells him what he already knows, "Big words are always punished, and proud men in old age learn to be wise"(1106).
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