Play Analysis of Antigone Essay

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Play Analysis of Antigone The play begins in front of the palace where Ismene and Antigonê are discussing the death of their brothers Eteocles and Polyneices. Antigonê feels strongly about burying Polyneices although her uncle, Creon, has forbade it. King Creon has delivered an edict stating whoever buries Polyneices, a traitor to Thebes, would be stoned to death. This initial incident is the beginning of Creon's hubris. Shortly after he makes this statement, it is discovered that Polyneices had, indeed, been buried. In an effort to discover who violated his edict, his men uncover the body and lie in wait to find out who is behind the illegal burial. They eventually found Antigone, Creon's niece, performing burial rites for her …show more content…
Haimon, his son, supports him publicly but privately is against his father. In an effort to dissuade him, Haimon speaks to Creon about the townspeople discussing the fact that no woman has ever died such a shameful death for such a generous act. Creon is enraged that his son is attempting to school him and claims Haimon has sold out to a woman. Creon decides to let Ismene go and reduces the penalty for Antigone from death to imprisonment in a stone tomb in the wilderness with food. Teiresias, the prophet, arrives at Thebes and delivers a prophesy to Creon. He states that Creon has brought disaster with his disrespectful behavior. He foresees the entire city in chaos with the death of many. Creon discounts Teiresias' prophesies as "fortune telling" and dismisses him. The climax of the play is when Tieresias leaves Creon after the confrontation. Creon finally realizes that he has offended the gods and has to make amends in order to save himself and Thebes. He runs off to try to save Antigone from the stone prison she has been placed in. Creon arrives at the stone tomb to find his son crying at the foot of Antigonê who has hung herself. Haimon lashes out weakly with his sword toward Creon as Creon side-steps the blow. Then Haimon drives the sword right into himself and dies. While Creon is still at the scene a messenger goes to the castle and tells his wife, Euridice, that her son is dead. She rushes

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