Antigone Chapter Abstracts for Teachers

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Chapter Abstracts

Prologue

* Antigone and Ismene commiserate about the brothers they lost in the war.

* Antigone learns her brother will not get a proper burial.

* There is a decree that anyone who disobeys the burial law will be stoned to death.

* Antigone decides to bury her brother anyway.

* Antigone goes against the wishes of her sister.

Parados

* The Chorus tells the audience about the battle.

* Polyneices led the attack on his own home.

* Polyneices and Eteocles slew each other.

Scene 1 (First Episode)

* Creon addresses the people, represented in the Chorus.

* Creon notes that loyalty must be earned.

* Since Eteocles fought for Thebes, he will get a proper burial.

* A sentry tells Creon someone tried to bury the body with loose dirt.

Ode 1 (First Stasimon)

* The Chorus praises the greatness of man.

* The Chorus does not condone anarchy or entertainment of such thoughts.

Scene 2 (Second Episode)

* The sentry informs Choragos that...

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