Essay about Oedipus and Chorus Leader

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Antigone
By Sophocles; translated by Ian Johnston
Dramatis Personae (Fill in relationship information for each character listed.)
ANTIGONE: ________________________ ISMENE: ______________________________
CREON: ____________________________ EURYDICE: ___________________________
HAEMON: __________________________ TEIRESIAS: ___________________________
Polynieces: __________________________ Eteocles: ______________________________
Oedipus: Father of Antigone, Ismene, Polynices Jocasta: _______________________________ and Eteocles; son and husband to Jocasta
Prologue
[In Thebes, directly in front of the royal palace, which stands in the background, its main doors facing the audience. Enter
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ANTIGONE Yes. I’ll do my duty to my brother— and yours as well, if you’re not prepared to. I won’t be caught betraying him. ISMENE You’re too rash. Has Creon not expressly banned that act? ANTIGONE Yes. But he’s no right to keep me from what’s mine.

ISMENE O dear. Think, Antigone. Consider 60 how our father died, hated and disgraced, when those mistakes which his own search revealed forced him to turn his hand against himself and stab out both his eyes. Then that woman, his mother and his wife—her double role— destroyed her own life in a twisted noose. Then there’s our own two brothers, both butchered in a single day—that ill-fated pair with their own hands slaughtered one another and brought about their common doom. 70 Now, the two of us are left here quite alone. Think how we’ll die far worse than all the rest, if we defy the law and move against the king’s decree, against his royal power. We must remember that by birth we’re women,

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