Antigone

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  • Prologue: Antigone enters the royal house of Thebes to tell her sister, Ismene, that Creon, the king of Thebes, recently put a law in place that prohibits the burial of their dead brother.  Their brother, Polynices, tragically died in war against their other brother Eteocles, as they were fighting for the throne. Oedipus, the previous king and their father, had an unfortunate fate that he would marry his mother and kill his father.  This came true, and he left a bad reputation for his family. Since both brothers died, their uncle, Creon, took over. Antigone tries to convince Ismene to help her bury the body, but she is scared of Creon and the consequences.
  • Antigone: "Decide.  Will you share the labor,share the work?" (line 50)
  • Ismene: "Think what a death we'll die, the worst of all if we violate the laws..." (line 70)
  • Episode 1: Creon gives a speech to the citizens.  In his speech, he implements a new law to leave Polynices unburied because he believes he was a worthless traitor, while he refers to Eteocles as an unremarkable hero.  Just after this speech, Creon is told that Polynices' body was buried.
  • Creon: "He must be left unburied, his corpse carrion for the birds and dogs to tear..." (line 230)
  • Sentry: "The body-someone just buried it," (line 277).
  • Episode 2: Antigone is brought to the palace because the guards claim they saw her bury Polynices.  She doesn’t deny a thing, aware of a punishment, and believes that she did the right thing. For this, Creon sentences her to death.
  • Antigone: "I did it.  I don't deny a thing," (line 492).
  • Leader: "So it's settled then?  Antigone must die?" (line 649)
  • Episode 3: Haemon, Creon’s son, enters the palace.  It is in this conversation with his son that his hamartia, hubris, starts to show.  Haemon tries to convince his father not to bury Antigone, but Creon becomes angry with Haemon.  They argue and criticize each other, and Haemon lets out that the citizens of Thebes are too scared to speak out against Creon.
  • Haemon: "Rage your heart out, rage with friends who can stand the sight of you," (line 859).
  • "Am I to rule this land for others-or myself?" (line 823)
  • Episode 4: Antigone is taken to her “bridal vault,” the place where she will die.  In her monologue, she expresses fear and sadness, especially because she believes nobody will mourn her.  She prays to the gods for justice and peace at death.
  • Antigone: "No tears for the destiny that's mine, no loved one mourns my death," (line 969).
  • Episode 5: Tiresias, the blind prophet, enters the palace.  He warns Creon about an epidemic, bad omen, and/or the demise of a character.  He hints towards Creon’s hamartia (hubris), which will lead to his downfall, and advises him to be less stubborn.  With this advice, Creon orders his guards to free Antigone from the vault. But, Haemon and Antigone were found dead by suicide.  When Eurydice, Creon’s wife, heard this, she was in so much despair that she decided to kill herself as well. After Creon hears all of this, his wife and son dead, he owns up to everything.  He takes the guilt, and says his fate shall come.
  • Messenger: "The queen is dead.  The mother of his dead boy... mother to end-poor thing, her wounds are fresh," (lines 1410-1413).
  • Creon: "All the guilt is mine-can never be fixed on another man..." (line 1441)
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