Antigone Study Guide

Antigone

Antigone by Sophocles

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.

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