Antigone Summary

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Thebes was invaded by Oedipus’ son, Polynices, and his followers. As Oedipus predicted in the previous play, Polynices and his brother, Eteocles, killed each other during battle. Creon, the king of Thebes, ruled that Eteocles should have a proper burial with honors and Polynices, the invader, be left unburied to rot. Antigone was dejected with Creon’s ruling and decided to bury Polynices herself. She tried to enlist Ismene to help her, but Ismene was to afraid. Antigone furiously continued with the plan on her own. A sentry discovered Antigone and brought her to Creon. Ismene was also brought to Creon and confessed that she had helped Antigone with the burial rites of Polynices. Antigone stopped Ismene and told her not to…show more content…
Antigone had hanged herself in the tomb and Haemon was wailing at her side. Creon heard Haemon’s voice and begged him to come out of the tomb. Haemon came out and lunged at Creon with his sword and missed. Haemon then took his own life by leaning on the blade of his sword, Haemon then embraced Antigone as he died. Eurydice, Haemon’s mother and Creon’s wife, was brought notice by a messenger that her son was dead. Eurydice retreated to the palace for the sake of mourning in private. However, the death of Haemon was to much for Eurydice to bear and she ended her own life right there in the palace. Creon grieved over the death of Heamon and thought that there could be no worse. The messenger then informed Creon that the agony did not end there, Eurydice had also killed herself. Creon cursed himself and anguished over the loss of his wife and son. In conclusion, Creon begged and prayed for his own life to be taken so that he would never have to see another
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