Antigone tells Ismene that Creon has made a law that their honorable brother Eteocles will have a burial but Polynices should not be buried. Antigone tries to get her sister to bury their brother but she refuses.
You value the laws of men over the laws of the gods.
We are women, what can we do?
The chorus relates the battle that occurred between Odepius´s two sons. They say how Polynices was a traitor. They also say how the two sons killed each other.
The father of heaven abhors the proud tongues boasting.
Creon formerly relates to the people of Thebes his plans of burying Eteocles and states that Polynices shall remain without a funeral. Then sentry appears and says that someone buried Polynices. Creon is angry and says that sentry will be punished till the person who did it is found.
Yes my Lord. Your word is Law.
I decree that none shall bury the traitor Polynices or they'll be killed.
Poor Antigone. Well better her than me.
They are surprised when sentry brings Antigone for the person that buried Polynices. She admits that shes the one that buried Polynices.
Yes I admit, and I am proud of my actions. Your order did not come from the gods.
Do you admit knowingly defying my orders?
Haemon enters and tells his father that he is being stubborn and not being wise. Creon becomes angry and Haemon leaves. The chorus then talks about love's greatness.
Does not every state belong to its ruler.
You would be a great ruler, on a dessert island.
Love concurs all.
The people of Thebes see Antigone getting her punishment and they are saddend. She confesses that she is also sad that no one will be able to morn her and her family is cursed. The chorus tries to tell her that she will be remembered as the one who defied the king.
My blood line is cursed and I have no one to weep for me.