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prep. by:                    Aytekin AliyevaSophocles497/6 BC-407/6 BC
Antigone
Characters• Antigone -  Oedipus’s daughter• Creon -  Oedipus’s brother-in-law, king of  Thebes• Ismene -  Oedipus’s daught...
Summary•   Antigone and    Ismene, the    daughters of    Oedipus,    discuss the    disaster that    has just    befallen...
Summary• Their brothers  Polynices and  Eteocles have  killed each other  in a battle for  control over  Thebes.
Summary• Creon now  rules the city,  and he has  ordered that  Polynices,  who brought a  foreign army  against  Thebes, n...
Summary• Creon threatens to kill anyone who tries to  bury Polynices and stations sentries over  his body.
Summary• Antigone, in  spite of  Creon’s edict  and without  the help of her  sister Ismene,  resolves to  give their  bro...
• Soon, a nervous                        Summary  sentry arrives at the  palace to tell Creon  that, while the  sentries s...
Summary• The sentry soon  exonerates  himself by  catching  Antigone in the  act of attempting  to rebury her  brother, th...
Summary• Antigone freely  confesses her act to  Creon and says  that he himself  defies the will of  the gods by  refusing...
Summary• Creon condemns both  Antigone and Ismene  to death. Haemon,  Creon’s son and  Antigone’s betrothed,  enters the s...
Summary• Creon curses  him and  threatens to slay  Antigone before  his very eyes.  Haemon storms  out. Creon  decides to ...
Summary• The blind prophet  Tiresias arrives, and  Creon promises to  take whatever advice  he gives. Tiresias  advises th...
Summary• The words of Tiresias strike fear into the  hearts of Creon and the people of Thebes,  and Creon reluctantly goes...
Summary• A messenger enters  and recounts the  tragic events: Creon  and his entourage  first gave proper  burial to Polyn...
Summary• They went in and  saw Antigone  hanging from a  noose, and Haemon  raving. Creon’s son  then took a sword  and th...
Summary• Creon’s wife,   Eurydice,  hears this  terrible news  and rushes  away into the  palace.
Summary• Creon enters,  carrying  Haemon’s  body and  wailing  against his  own tyranny,  which he  knows has  caused his ...
Summary• The messenger tells Creon that he has  another reason to grieve: Eurydice has  stabbed herself, and, as she died,...
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Antigone

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Antigone

  1. 1. prep. by: Aytekin AliyevaSophocles497/6 BC-407/6 BC
  2. 2. Antigone
  3. 3. Characters• Antigone -  Oedipus’s daughter• Creon -  Oedipus’s brother-in-law, king of Thebes• Ismene -  Oedipus’s daughter• Polynices -  Oedipus’s son• Eteocles - Oedipus’s son• Haemon -  Creon’s son, Antigones betrothed• Tiresias -  The blind soothsayer of Thebes• Eurydice – Creons wife• Sentry• Messenger
  4. 4. Summary• Antigone and Ismene, the daughters of Oedipus, discuss the disaster that has just befallen them .
  5. 5. Summary• Their brothers Polynices and Eteocles have killed each other in a battle for control over Thebes.
  6. 6. Summary• Creon now rules the city, and he has ordered that Polynices, who brought a foreign army against Thebes, not be allowed proper burial rites.
  7. 7. Summary• Creon threatens to kill anyone who tries to bury Polynices and stations sentries over his body.
  8. 8. Summary• Antigone, in spite of Creon’s edict and without the help of her sister Ismene, resolves to give their brother a proper burial .
  9. 9. • Soon, a nervous Summary sentry arrives at the palace to tell Creon that, while the sentries slept, someone gave Polynices burial rites. Creon says that he thinks some of the dissidents of the city bribed the sentry to perform the rites, and he vows to execute the sentry if no other suspect is found.
  10. 10. Summary• The sentry soon exonerates himself by catching Antigone in the act of attempting to rebury her brother, the sentries having disinterred him.
  11. 11. Summary• Antigone freely confesses her act to Creon and says that he himself defies the will of the gods by refusing Polynices burial .
  12. 12. Summary• Creon condemns both Antigone and Ismene to death. Haemon, Creon’s son and Antigone’s betrothed, enters the stage. Creon asks him his opinion on the issue. Haemon seems at first to side with his father, but gradually admits his opposition to Creon’s stubbornness and petty vindictiveness.
  13. 13. Summary• Creon curses him and threatens to slay Antigone before his very eyes. Haemon storms out. Creon decides to pardon Ismene, but vows to kill Antigone by walling her up alive in a tomb.
  14. 14. Summary• The blind prophet Tiresias arrives, and Creon promises to take whatever advice he gives. Tiresias advises that Creon allow Polynices to be buried, but Creon refuses. Tiresias predicts that the gods will bring down curses upon the city.
  15. 15. Summary• The words of Tiresias strike fear into the hearts of Creon and the people of Thebes, and Creon reluctantly goes to free Antigone from the tomb where she has been imprisoned. But his change of heart comes too late.
  16. 16. Summary• A messenger enters and recounts the tragic events: Creon and his entourage first gave proper burial to Polynices, then heard what sounded like Haemon’s voice wailing from Antigone’s tomb.
  17. 17. Summary• They went in and saw Antigone hanging from a noose, and Haemon raving. Creon’s son then took a sword and thrust it at his father. Missing, he turned the sword against himself and died embracing Antigone’s body.
  18. 18. Summary• Creon’s wife, Eurydice, hears this terrible news and rushes away into the palace.
  19. 19. Summary• Creon enters, carrying Haemon’s body and wailing against his own tyranny, which he knows has caused his son’s death.
  20. 20. Summary• The messenger tells Creon that he has another reason to grieve: Eurydice has stabbed herself, and, as she died, she called down curses on her husband for the misery his pride had caused. Creon kneels and prays that he, too, might die. His guards lead him back into the palace.

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