In Sophocle's tragedy, Creon, the king of Thebes, has forbidden the burial of Polyneices, his nephew who fought against the city. Antigone, Polyneice's sister, goes against Creon's orders and buries her brother. When Creon discovers her crime, he sentences Antigone to death. Creon's son, Haemon, who loves Antigone, begs his father to change his mind but Creon won't budge, even after a prophet warns him that the gods are unhappy. Tragedy ensues when Antigone hangs herself, Haemon kills himself, and Eurydice, his mother, kills herself after hearing the news.
Antigone is the story of the title character, a fiery heroine who seeks to bury her brother after his failed attempt to rebel against the ruler of Thebes, the powerful Creon. Creon has decreed that her brother's body is to be shamed publically. Antigone's rebellion against Creon sets off a chain reaction of suicide, defiance, and emotional devastation that claims her life and leaves the ruler a broken man.