Antigone - Scene 4

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Antigone - Scene 4

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  • I feel the loneliness of her, (Niobe's), death in mine
  • I cannot tell what shape of your father's guilt appears in this
  • I can no longer stand in awe of this.  Nor keep back my tears
  • Take her to the vault and leave her alone there
  • O tomb, vaulted bride-bed in eternal rock. And I shall see my father again, and you, mother, and dearest Polyneices
  • All Danae's beauty was locked away.  No wealth or war can prevail against untiring Destiny
  • And Dryas's son, bore the gods prisoning anger with pride!  He learned what dreadful power his tongue had mocked
  • The Chorus expresses how they feel about Antigone's punishment, which is that they're very sad and in awe of it.  Antigone reflects on her situation, and realizes that she will die entombed, friendless, and alone.  The chorus suggests that Antigone is still paying for Oedipus's mistakes, which causes her to reflect more on her family's tragedy
  • Creon enters, and orders his guards to take Antigone to her tomb.  While she'll be entering a tomb, she also calls it her bridal chamber, as she came to the realization that she'll be reunited in death with her parents and brothers, which makes her quite happy.  However, she's desperate to know what wrongs she has done, but is contempt to know that the Gods will tell her in death.  
  • The Chorus compares Antigone's story to that of Danae, who has a similar fate to Antigone.  They use this comparison to emphasize the human inability to escape destiny.  They also tell the story of the King of Thrace, which is meant to represent how pride has the capability to take down a king, likely to represent Creon's situation
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