She tells him that she will never be able to marry him. That is to say, they were not originally written to be performed on a single occasion. Creon expresses his desire to die soon. She is brought out of the house, and this time, she is sorrowful instead of defiant. After rejecting Tiresias angrily, Creon reconsiders and decides to bury Polynices and free Antigone.
Antigone and Ismene are the sisters of the dead Polyneices and Eteocles. In it, certain elements of plot seem to indicate that Sophocles, in this early period of his career, was still imitating the works of his predecessor Aeschylus. He is often interpreted as a close advisor to the King, and therefore a close family friend.
He gives her an out by asking if she had heard the decree. When talking to Haemon, Creon demands of him not only obedience as a citizen, but also as a son.
Haemon is the son of Creon and Eurydice, betrothed to Antigone. She must not waste her life and its happiness. This psychological motivation is frequently the key to another element of Sophoclean tragedy: Man is deinon in the sense that he is the terrible, violent one, and also in the sense that he uses violence against the overpowering.
He does this in order to save Athens from the moral destruction which seems imminent. A tragic character is of noble birth and endures a mighty fall on account of pride.
Haemon leaves in anger, swearing never to return. Most of the arguments to save her center on a debate over which course adheres best to strict justice. When Creon threatens to execute Antigone in front of his son, Haemon leaves, vowing never to see Creon again.
You would all have been so happy except for Antigone. Finally three Guards play cards, indifferent to the tragedy before them. The Chorus appears and announces that the tragedy is on.
Koryphaios is the assistant to the King Creon and the leader of the Chorus. The Guards enter with the struggling Antigone. Ismene tries to confess falsely to the crime, wishing to die alongside her sister, but Antigone will not have it.
A sentry enters, fearfully reporting that the body has been given funeral rites and a symbolic burial with a thin covering of earth, though no one who actually committed the crime saw this. In prohibiting the people of Thebes from burying Polyneices, Creon is essentially placing him on the level of the other attackers—the foreign Argives.
Creon replies that the mob already knows the truth, and he can do nothing. The leader of the chorus pledges his support out of deference to Creon. It is always true that, in Sophoclean tragedy, the destiny of the characters follows logically from their own choices.
This lack of mention portrays the tragic events that occur as the result of human error, and not divine intervention. A second messenger arrives to tell Creon and the chorus that Eurydice has killed herself.
The long passages of monologue, familiar from Aeschylean drama, are now replaced by dialogue. The later a Sophoclean tragedy is, the more its plot tends to be focused upon an individual hero. He pleads with Creon to listen to reason and that citizens of Thebes are secretly discussing the unfairness of his law.
Once he is certain no one saw Antigone arrested, he orders her to bed, telling her to say that she has been ill. A Civil War ensues. The messenger reports that Creon saw to the burial of Polyneices.Antigone makes an impassioned argument, declaring Creon's order to be against the laws of the gods themselves.
Enraged by Antigone's refusal to submit to his authority, Creon declares that she and her sister will be put to death.
Then, he spent his remaining years wandering through Greece, being led by his loyal daughter Antigone. After Oedipus died, his two sons (Eteocles and Polynices) battled for control of the kingdom. Eteocles fought to defend Thebes. Antigone is a tragedy by Sophocles written in or before BC.
It is the third of the three Theban plays chronologically, but was the first written. The play expands on the Theban legend that predated it and picks up where Aeschylus' Seven Against Thebes ends.
This summary of Antigone includes a look at the plot, an analysis of each scene, and major conflicts. Review the play here after reading to better understand the drama. slide 1 of 6. Essays and criticism on Sophocles, including the works Antigone, Oedipus Tyrannus, Electra, Oedipus at Colonus - Magill's Survey of World Literature Sophocles World Literature Analysis - Essay.
Antigone is one of the more famous tragedies ever to be written and that's saying a lot. Sophocles' play has served as a model for countless other playwrights over the years.Download