Creonthe new ruler of Thebes, has declared that Eteocles is to be honoured and Polynices is to be disgraced by leaving his body unburied on the battlefield a harsh and shameful punishment at the time. As the play begins, Antigone vows to bury her brother Polynices ' body in defiance of Creon 's edict, although her sister Ismene refuses to help her, fearing the death penalty.
Synopsis[ edit ] Prior to the beginning of the play, brothers Eteocles and Polyneicesleading opposite sides in Thebes ' civil war, died fighting each other for the throne.
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. The rebel brother's body will not be sanctified by holy rites and will lie unburied on the battlefield, prey for carrion animals like worms and vultures, the harshest punishment at the time.
Antigone and Ismene are the sisters of the dead Polyneices and Eteocles. In the opening of the play, Antigone brings Ismene outside the palace gates late at night for a secret meeting: Antigone wants to bury Polyneices' body, in defiance of Creon's edict.
Ismene refuses to help her, not believing that it will actually be possible to bury their brother, who is under guard, but she is unable to stop Antigone from going to bury her brother herself. Antigone's family tree Creon enters, along with the chorus of Theban elders. He seeks their support in the days to come and in particular, wants them to back his edict regarding the disposal of Polyneices' body.
The leader of the chorus pledges his support out of deference to Creon. 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 sees who actually committed the crime.
Creon, furious, orders the sentry to find the culprit or face death himself. The sentry leaves, and the chorus sings about honouring the gods, but after a short absence, he returns, bringing Antigone with him.
The sentry explains that the watchmen uncovered Polyneices' body and then caught Antigone as she did the funeral rituals. Creon questions her after sending the sentry away, and she does not deny what she has done. She argues unflinchingly with Creon about the immorality of the edict and the morality of her actions.
Creon becomes furious, and seeing Ismene upset, thinks she must have known of Antigone's plan. Ismene tries to confess falsely to the crime, wishing to die alongside her sister, but Antigone will not have it.
Creon orders that the two women be temporarily imprisoned. HaemonCreon's son, enters to pledge allegiance to his father, even though he is engaged to Antigone.
He initially seems willing to forsake Antigone, but when Haemon gently tries to persuade his father to spare Antigone, claiming that "under cover of darkness the city mourns for the girl", the discussion deteriorates, and the two men are soon bitterly insulting each other.
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When Creon threatens to execute Antigone in front of his son, Haemon leaves, vowing never to see Creon again. Creon decides to spare Ismene and to bury Antigone alive in a cave. By not killing her directly, he hopes to pay the minimal respects to the gods. She is brought out of the house, and this time, she is sorrowful instead of defiant.
She expresses her regrets at not having married and dying for following the laws of the gods. She is taken away to her living tomb, with the Leader of the Chorus expressing great sorrow for what is going to happen to her.
Tiresiasthe blind prophet, enters. Tiresias warns Creon that Polyneices should now be urgently buried because the gods are displeased, refusing to accept any sacrifices or prayers from Thebes.
Creon accuses Tiresias of being corrupt.“Antigone” is a tragedy by the ancient Greek playwright Sophocles, written around BCE.
Although it was written before Sophocles ’ other two Theban plays, chronologically it comes after the stories in “Oedipus the King” and “Oedipus at Colonus”, and it picks up where Aeschylus ' .
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. Antigone starts the day after a civil war fought between the two sons of Oedipus Rex after his death.
Antigone is a traditional Greek tragedy. A tragedy is defined as a drama about a noble, courageous hero or heroine of excellent character who because of some tragic character flaw brings ruin upon.
In the Greek Tragedy, Antigone by Sophocles, the king, Creon, displays the qualities that fit Aristotle’s idea of the tragic hero.
Creon possesses the fatal flaw of pride, experiences a reversal of fate, and receives an increase of self-awareness by the end of the play.
Antigone Analysis Sophocles. Ancient Greek playwrights in Athens wrote plays for the Great Dionysia festival that was held every Spring.
It . His foolishness in issuing and enforcing a law that contradicts divine will is Creon's downfall in "Antigone" by Sophocles ( B.C.E.
- B.C.E.). Specifically, Theban King Creon crafts a law.
In Sophocles’ Antigone, the protagonist, Creon, serves as a great example of how recurring themes, such as the realization and recognition of a tragic flaw (hamartia), cause the downfall of . Antigone (/ æ n ˈ t ɪ ɡ ə n i / ann-TIG-ə-nee; Ancient Greek: Ἀντιγόνη) 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. Antigone is the protagonist of Antigone a tragic play written by Sophocles, one of the great ancient Greek playwrights. In Antigone written by Sophocles, Antigone’s uncompromising pride, loyalty, and determination all directly lead to her downfall.