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  • Before the Palace of Creon, King of Thebes. Antigone attempts to convince her sister Ismene to bury her brother.
  • "Creon buried our brother Eteoclês 15 With military honors, gave him a soldier’s funeral, And it was right that he should; but Polyneicês, They fought as bravely and died as miserably"
  • "Antigone, are you mad!"  What could we possibly do?
  • "Ismene, I am going to bury him... He is my brother. And he is your brother, too."
  • "You must decide whether you will help me or not. "
  • "Ah sister!" "Oedipus died, everyone hating him  For what his own search brought to light, his eyes Ripped out by his own hand; and Iocaste died, His mother and wife at once: she twisted the cords 40 That strangled her life; and our two brothers died, Each killed by the other’s sword. And we are left: ..."
  • "But oh, Antigone, Think how much more terrible than these Our own death would be if we should go against Creon 45 And do what he has forbidden!"
  • "We are only women, We cannot fight with men, Antigone! The law is strong, we must give in to the law" 
  • "You may do as you like Since apparently the laws of the god mean nothing to you."
  • "They mean a great deal to me, but I have no strength To break laws that were made for the public good. "
  • "Oh tell it! Tell everyone Think how they’ll hate you when it all comes out 70 If they learn that you knew about it all the time! "
  • "But no one must hear of this, you must tell no one! I will keep it a secret, I promise! "
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