Antigone Summary & Study Guide

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Prologue

At the play opens, the chorus offers brief introductions to the play's main characters: the beautiful Ismene; her sister Antigone; Antigone's lover and cousin Haemon; and Ismene's uncle and Haemon's father, Creon.

The chorus also chronicles the fight between Antigone's brothers, Eteocles and Polynices a momentous battle that occurred before the play' s opening over control of the region of Thebes. After the brothers killed each other, Creon assumed control of the throne. To restore order, he has ordered a grand funeral for one brother, Eteocles. Considered a treasonous rebel for challenging his brother's rule, Polynices is left to rot as a warning to other rebels.

Antigone and Haemon

Antigone apologizes to Haemon for a recent spat, then tells him that she will "never, never be able to marry" him. Shocked, Haemon exits.

Ismene enters and reminds her sister that Polynices "was a bad brother" who "was...

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