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Antigone Chapter Summary & Analysis - Scene 5 (Fifth Episode) Summary

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Scene 5 (Fifth Episode) Summary

A boy leads Teiresias into the court. Speaking from the gods, the prophet cautions Creon that he is "on the edge of fate." Teiresias shares with Creon that after hearing strange argumentative sounds from the birds and dogs, he made an offering which was refused by the gods. Teiresias blames Creon for this. He chastises Creon for his pride and his unrelenting nature. The prophet then tells Creon to bury Polyneices, rescind his proclamation.

Creon demonstrates self-pity to Teiresias' words. He feels prophets have always manipulated him, and even if Zeus himself came down, Creon would not relent. Creon accuses Teiresias of being paid to say these things to the king, for Creon will surely not compensate him for these words. Teiresias will not back down at the king's arrogance and anger. The blind man argues with the king and tells...

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