Sophocles Antigone: A Tragic Tale
As they opened up the cave, Haimon finds that Antigone has hung herself, and begins to blame his father for the loss of his would-be bride. In wild anger, Haimon lunges at Creon with a sword, misses and kills himself instead. This is the first of deaths Creon will face, solidifying the prophets analysis that the gods are not to be angered. After this, Creon goes back to his palace only to discover that more death and destruction awaits him. A messenger has delivered the news to him that, upon hearing of her only remaining son’s death, Creon’s wife took her own life. With “her own guided hand”(1013) she stabbed herself and cursed Creon for bringing this curse upon himself.
Learning of his wife’s death is the final act that makes him realize how he has been “rash and foolish”(1034). Creon then exits the scene and the play comes to an end with only one character remaining on the stage. It is the choragos, a member of the chorus who has stepped in to fill a function in the story itself, and he makes the remark quoted at the beginning of this