Antigone by Sophocles

Antigone by Sophocles

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  • "Will you lift up his body with these bare hands and lower it with me?" (Line 52).
  • "Now look at the two of us, left so alone ... think what a death we'll die.." (Lines 70-71)
  • The invading armies of Argos have just been driven from the city. Fighting on opposite sides, the sons of Oedipus, Eteocles and Polynices, have killed each other in combat. Antigone asks Ismene privately if she would help her bury their brother's body.
  • Creon stated that never at his hands will the traitor be honored above the patriot. He claimed principles that will cause trouble if broken.
  • Creon states to abandon Antigone and let her choose death or a buried life. He states that his hands are clean and dead or alive, Antigone will be stripped oher rights.
  • "He must be left unburied, his corpse carrion for the birds and dogs to tear, an obscenity for the citizens to behold!" (Lines 229-230).
  • The Sentry informed Creon that Antigone was the one that buried Polyneices.
  • "Give me glory! What greater glory could I win than to give my own brother decent burial?" (Lines 561-562).
  • "She's the one, she did it single-handed — we caught her burying the body" (Lines 425-426).
  • "Go down below and love, if love you must—love the dead! While I'm alive, no woman is going to lord it over me" (Line 591).
  • Haemon tries to reason with Creon and explain to him that no marriage could ever mean more to him than what he has to offer, but Creon would not accept saving Antigone.
  • "Then she will die ... but her death will kill another" (Line 843). 
  • "You will never marry her, not while she's alive" (Line 842).
  • "O tomb, my bridal bed my house, my prison cut in the hollow rock, my everlasting watch! I'll soon be there, soon embrace my own" (Lines 979-984).
  • "Take her away, quickly! Wall her up in the tomb, you have your orders" (Lines 971-972).
  • Creon states that he shackled Antigone and he will set her free, but he was too late. The sentry informed that Antigone and Haeman are dead.
  • "And the guilt is all mine, I can never be fixed on another man, no escape for me. I killed you, I, god help me, I admit it all!" (Lines 1441-1444).
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