Questions therefore arise as to what is and what is not essential to it. Is a play what its author thought he was writing, or the words he wrote?
Synopsis[ edit ] Prior to the beginning of the play, brothers Eteocles and Polyneices, leading 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.
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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 who actually committed the crime saw this.
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.
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: Tragic Hero Essay. Antigone is a Greek Tragedy that stresses the use of sovereignty and virtue against the law,written by Sophocles. Within the story, the inquery of who the tragic hero is, King Creon or Antigone herself, is a . A tragic hero is the character in a tragedy that experiences a downfall because of some kind of flaw.
This flaw is called the tragic flaw. Antigone is considered the hero of the play, and she has. Sophocles, the son of Sophilus, was a wealthy member of the rural deme (small community) of Hippeios Colonus in Attica, which was to become a setting for one of his plays, and he was probably born there.
Sophocles was born a few years before the Battle of Marathon in BC: the exact year is unclear, although /6 is the most likely.
Sophocles was born into a wealthy family (his father was. Essay about Antigone, the Real Tragic Hero in Sophocles' Antigone; Essay about Antigone, the Real Tragic Hero in Sophocles' Antigone. Words 3 Pages. Show More. Antigone is a great Greek tragedy by Sophocles. The story is about a young woman who has buried her brother by breaking king’s decree, and now she is punished for obeying .
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