Creonthe new ruler of Thebes and brother of the former Queen Jocasta, has decided that Eteocles will be honored and Polyneices will be in public shame.
Polynices and his brother Eteocles, however, are both dead, killed by each other, according to the curse of Oedipus, their father.
Outside the city gates, Antigone tells Ismene that Creon has ordered that Eteocles, who died defending the city, is to be buried with full honors, while the body of Polynices, the invader, is left to rot.
Furthermore, Creon has declared that anyone attempting to bury Polynices shall be publicly stoned to death.
When Ismene timidly refuses to defy the king, Antigone angrily rejects her and goes off alone to bury her brother. Creon discovers that someone has attempted to offer a ritual burial to Polynices and demands that the guilty one be found and brought before him. When he discovers that Antigone, his niece, has defied his order, Creon is furious.
The father and son argue, Haemon accusing Creon of arrogance, and Creon accusing Haemon of unmanly weakness in siding with a woman. Haemon leaves in anger, swearing never to return.
Without admitting that Haemon may be right, Creon amends his pronouncement on the sisters: Ismene shall live, and Antigone will be sealed in a tomb to die of starvation, rather than stoned to death by the city.
After rejecting Tiresias angrily, Creon reconsiders and decides to bury Polynices and free Antigone.
Antigone has hanged herself and Haemon, in desperate agony, kills himself as well. Alone, in despair, Creon accepts responsibility for all the tragedy and prays for a quick death.
The play ends with a somber warning from the chorus that pride will be punished by the blows of fate.In the play, King Oedipus has died, leaving his two sons, Eteocles and Polynices, to battle over the throne. When both Eteocles and Polynices die in combat, Creon becomes the king of Thebes. As.
The two sisters of these ill-fated warriors are deeply concerned that the soul of the outcast will not find peace, so the more valorous Antigone performs with dirt and libations the symbolic act.
Antigone is a tragedy by Sophocles written in or before BC. Of the three Theban plays Antigone is the third in order of the events depicted in the plays, but it is the first that was written.
The play expands on the Theban legend that predates it, and it picks up where Aeschylus' Seven Against Thebes ends.
Finally three Guards play cards, indifferent to the tragedy before them. The Chorus recounts the events leading to Antigone's tragedy. Oedipus, Antigone and Ismene's father, . A Tale of Two Sisters: Studies in Sophocles’ Tereus to a model of sorority derived from Sophocles’ extant plays. This leads to the second, which is methodological: an assumption that it is the contrast between the dramatic characters that is of critical interest, rather than the bond of sisterhood itself. Jul 01, · Antigone is a play that was written in ancient Greece by the playwright Sophocles. It is the third play in a trilogy of tragedies about the city-state of Thebes, revolving around Oedipus Rex.
Finally three Guards play cards, indifferent to the tragedy before them. The Chorus recounts the events leading to Antigone's tragedy.
Oedipus, Antigone and Ismene's father, . A brave and proud young woman named Antigone is the product of a really messed up family.
Her father, Oedipus, was the King of Thebes. He unknowingly murdered his father and married his own mother, Queen Jocasta. With his wife/mother, Oedipus had two daughter/sisters and two brother/sons.
When. At the conclusion of Oedipus the King, Antigone, with her sister Ismene, represents both the helpless innocence of a child and the undeniable proof of an incestuous union.
The audience recognizes her pitiful, two-fold vulnerability, but beyond this she remains silent and unknown.