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Antigone Scene Cards/Quotes
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Listen, Ismene Creon buried our brother Eteocles With military honrs, gave him a soldier's funeral, And it was right that he should; but Polyneices, who fought as bravely and died as miserably-- They say that Creon has sworn no one shall bury him, no one mourn for him, nut his body must lie in the fields, a sweet treasure For carrion birds to find as they search for food. That is what they say, and out good Creon is coming here To announce it publicily; and the penalty-- Stoning to death in the public square! There it is And now you can prove what you are: A true sister, or a traitor to your family
Significane- Antigone is openly discssing the main points of the play. She is stating the differences between the burial of her brothers, the main conflict. We see that she is clearly angered, and wants to bring justice
Foreshadowing- What her fate is and how she could die
Ah sister! Oedipus died, everyone hating him for what his own search brought to light, his eyes ripped out by his own hand; and locaste died, His mother and wife aat once: she twisted the cords that strangled her life; and out two brothers died, Each killed by each other's sword. And we are left: But oh, Antigone, Think how much more terrible than these Our own death would be if we should go against Creon. And do what he has forbidden!....
Significance- Ismene is sharing her thoughts with Antigone. She is trying to persuade her sister that burying her brother is not worth it. Ismene is being a coward.
Hamartia- Ismenes fear
Polyneices their commander Roused them with windy phrases He the wild eagle screaming insults above our land, His wings their shields of snow. His crest their marshalled helms .
Significance- Shows the reader that Creon does not like Polyneices. He does not want to give him a proper burial, a large form of disresepct. This is also where we first see Creon's personality and extreme pride.
Dramatic Irony- Creon believes the safety of state is safe and ok but the reader knows Antigone is coming to bring justice.
It was not God's proclamation. That final Justice that rules the world below makes no such laws. Your edict, King, was strong, But all your strength is weakness itself against the immortal unrecorded laws of God. They are not merely now; they were, and shall be, Operative forever, beyond man utterly. I knew I must die, even without your decree: I am only mortal, And if I must die Now, before it is my time to die.....
Significance- Antigone states that Creon is not abiding by the laws of the gods. She proclaims that she will comitt suicide if he does not bury Polyneices. She also recognizes that he does not take her seriously, this greatly upsets her.
Hamartia- Tragic flaw of Antigone
You must believe me: Nothing is closer to me than your happiness. What could be closer? Must not any son value his father's fortune as his father does his? I beg you, do not be unchangable: Do not beleive that you alone can be right...
Significane- Haimon shows his honor towards Antigone by defending her. He begs Creon to use his power to save her and not kill her. This shows Haimon finally standing up to Creon.
Foreshadowing- Haimons death and Antigones death
You will do well to listen to him, King
If what he says is sensible, And you, Haimon Must listen to your father.--Both speak well.
Significance- The Choragous is finally telling Creon what he truly needs to hear. This will make a great impact on his decision. They also remind Haimon and Creon to listen to eachother.
Hamarita- Creon's tragic flaw is addressed
Not here, no; she will not die here, King.
And you will never see my face again.
Go on raving as long as you've a friend to endure you.
Significancce- Haimon is extremely upset at his father. He threatens to leave, and never see Creon again. Haimon insinuates Creon only shows power because he enjoys the attention.
Foreshadowing- Haimons death
O tomb, valtued bride-bed in eternal rock.
Soon I shall be with my own again
Where Persephone welcomes the thin ghosts underground:
And I shall see my father again, and you, mother,
And dearest Polyneices...
Significance- Here, Antigone accepts her fate. She knows she will die and starts to feel sorrow. She also wishes for Creon to feel his own punishment.
Catharsis- Antigone realizes she might die.
I tell you Creon, you yourself have brought this new calamity upon us. Our hearths and altars Are stained with the corruption of dogs and carrion birds That glut themselves on the corpse of Oedipus' son. The gods are deaf when we pray to them, their fire Recoilds from out offering, their birds of omen Have no cry of comfort, for they are gorged with the thick blood of the dead.....
Significance- Teiresias is talking to Creon, regarding Oedipus' son. He states it is no use to kill a man who is already dead. He says the gods will denounce him, and he will be living alone. Another key piece to this quote is pride and how Creon must let it go.
Hamartia- Creons tragic flaw recognition
Then take this, and take it to heart!
This time is not far off when you shall pay back corpse for corpse, flesh of your own flesh......
Significance- Teiresias is explaining to Creon that he will bring his own sorrow upon himself and his own land. This is mostly a warning telling Creon he needs to be resonable.
Foreshadowing- Creon's decision and the death of his wife and son and that he will be alone forever
I will tell you plainly all that I have seen
I shall not try to comfort you: what is teh use
Since comfort could lie only in what is not true?
The truth is always best
Significance- The Messenger is explaining to Eurydice the death of Haimon. He expresses that Haimon had strong hatred towards Creon, so much that he killed himself. Creon was pleading, but Haimon did not care, he was driven mad.
Catharsis- Creon realizes what he has done
She stood before the altar, and her heart welcomed the knife her own hand guided, And a great cry burst from her lips for Megareus dead, and for Haimon dead, her sons, and her last breath was a curse for their father, the murderer of her sons. And she fell, and the dark flowed in through her closing eyes.
Significance- The messenger is explaining to Creon how and why Eurydice killed herself. It says that she killed herself because of Haimon, Meganeus, and Antigone.
Catharsis- Creon realizes his ways
There is no happiness where there is no wisdown; No wisdom but in submission to the gods.
Big words are always punished.
And proud men in old age learn to be wise.
Significance- This quote sums up that in order to be truly happy, Creon must be wise. It is the key to find the true meaning of life. Discovering wisdom might be difficult for Creon, but he needs to accept that he is human.
Catharsis- Creon's full realization thanks to the Choragos, his people.
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