After performing an elaborate funeral service for Eteocles, he forbade the removal of the corpse of Polyneices, condemning it to lie unburied, declaring him to have been a traitor. Antigone then goes to herbrothersÕ guarded body and pours dirt and sand over him, performing the properburial rights. The play starts just after Thebes has repelled an attack by seven other Greek city-states hence, the seven against Thebes. Considered one of the three greatest playwrights of the classical Greek theater, Sophocles was a friend of Pericles and Herodotus, and a respected citizen who held political and military offices in fifth-century B. The sentry leaves, and the chorus sings about honouring the gods, but after a short absence, he returns, bringing Antigone with him.
Creon then states that he has no mercy, and leads her to herdoom. They take the girl to Creon whoalmost canÕt believe that a girl would do such a thing. However, , forced out of the throne by his brother, commanded an army against his brother, and in the battle that followed, both brothers died. In the first two lines of the first strophe, in the translation Heidegger used, the chorus says that there are many strange things on earth, but there is nothing stranger than man. Antigone is furious with her sister and says she would no longer welcome her help even if Ismene granted it.
Some translations will divide the play into scenes and acts; others will use Greek terms. Antigone was performed sometime around the year 441 B. Antigone claims her fate is brought about by the curse of her father Oedipus. Like a 'wild eagle,' Polynices attacks at night, almost destroying Thebes. Haemon then states the he is not going to bearound Antigone when she is killed and runs off. First in line is her sister Ismene, who argues that their family has suffered enough - their father died in hatred and disgrace after gouging out his eyes, their mother hanged herself, and their brothers killed each other - but now they're alone and must submit to the law. Considered the beautiful one, she is more lawful and obedient to authority.
Scenes 2 and 3 Scene 2: The sentry returns with Antigone who returned to the site of her crime to rebury her brother after the layer of dirt had been removed. Antigone sits before the First Guard in her cell; his is the last face she will see. At this point, a sentry suddenly arrives to relate that someone has attempted to bury Polynices, and Creon becomes infuriated. It is not clear how he would personally handle these two values in conflict, but it is a moot point in the play, for, as absolute ruler of Thebes, Creon is the state, and the state is Creon. Ode Two The Chorus sings about how bad it is to be human and piss off the Gods. That's what happens when your bosses kill each other. Pages 42-44, Lines 944-987 á Episode V- In this episode, Creon is warned by the prophet, Teiresias,that the gods are not pleased that he did not give Polyneices a proper burial.
Thestate that wisdom is a very powerful tool and should be used wisely otherwisethe gods will punish you for your actions. Along the way, however, he kills a stranger, who turns out to be his father Laius, and also solves the riddle of the Sphinx, saving Thebes and becoming her king as well as Jocasta's new husband. Creon is then lead away by the chorus,lamenting in his own self misery. Such as Creon, he shouldwisely listen to the blind prophet because he has never been wrong before. Why then, the leader of the Chorus wonders, has Creon, the new king, requested to meet with the elders? Oedipus learns this only after he has been in power in Thebes for some time.
Creon believes that the prophet is mocking him and disregards hiswarning. He rushes off to free Antigone from the tomb. This post is part of the series: Antigone Study Guide. Jocasta is able to put the pieces of the puzzle together some time before her husband-son, and in despair she hangs herself. Sophocles: The Plays and Fragments, with critical notes, commentary, and translation in English prose. In prohibiting the people of Thebes from burying Polyneices, Creon is essentially placing him on the level of the other attackers—the foreign Argives.
It seems Creon is starting to feel a little bit worried because instead of executing Antigone, he orders her to be sealed inside a cave. By this time, however, it is too late to fix anything and he has losteverything. Indeed, Antigone isn't allowed to just plunge headlong into her decision to bury Polyneices - instead, she must repeatedly explain herself in the face of philosophical objection. He knows his reign makes him loathsome but he has no choice. Their fate wills them to destruction. However, when Creon refuses to listen to him, Haemon leaves angrily and shouts he will never see him again. When Creon arrives, he orders that Polynices is not to be buried.
The Chorus notes that truly if it had not been for Antigone, all would have been at peace. The Antigone is the story of Antigone shocking! The chorus also represents a typical difference in Sophocles' plays from those of both Aeschylus and Euripides. A 2011 Hungarian film version starred Kamilla Fátyol as Antigone, Zoltán Mucsi as Creon and Emil Keres as Tiresias. This lack of mention portrays the tragic events that occur as the result of human error, and not divine intervention. He can also be seen as a tragic hero, losing everything for upholding what he believed was right.