History Theatre / Antigone

19th Jun '16 11:34:34 PM K
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** Ismene is an unsuccessful one. While she refused to help Antigone bury Polyneices, when Antigone is sentenced to death, Ismene tries to share in her guilt and punishment, but Antigone refuses, because she didn't earn it.
19th Jun '16 11:31:39 PM K
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** [[FateWorseThanDeath Ismene has to live the rest of her life with the knowledge that she was too cowardly to join Antigone in burying Polynices, and that her entire family is dead]]. Notice how eager she was to share Antigone's fate, and how Antigone rebuffed her.

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** [[FateWorseThanDeath Ismene has to live the rest of her life with the knowledge that she was too cowardly to join Antigone in burying Polynices, and that her entire family is dead]]. Notice how eager she was to share Antigone's fate, death sentence, but Creon refuses to condemn her and how Antigone rebuffed rebuffs her.
2nd Jun '16 1:23:35 PM Morgenthaler
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The last[[note]]story-wise; it was the first one written[[/note]] of the Theban trilogy of plays by {{Sophocles}} (preceded by ''Theatre/OedipusTheKing'' and ''Theatre/OedipusAtColonus''), ''Antigone'' follows the fate of one of Oedipus' daughters, born of his incestuous relationship with his mother.

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The last[[note]]story-wise; it was the first one written[[/note]] of the Theban trilogy of plays by {{Sophocles}} Creator/{{Sophocles}} (preceded by ''Theatre/OedipusTheKing'' and ''Theatre/OedipusAtColonus''), ''Antigone'' follows the fate of one of Oedipus' daughters, born of his incestuous relationship with his mother.
19th May '16 8:21:29 AM 06tele
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* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Many of Creon's mistakes come from the time he wastes completely misinterpreting the motives of everyone around him. He doesn't understand that Antigone is appealing to a different law than the one he's upholding, he unjustly accuses the Sentry and then Tiresias of being corrupt, and when Haemon tries to persuade him to think again, he lets himself get into a huge snot about the fact that his own son is daring to question his judgement.
19th May '16 8:10:48 AM 06tele
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* VillainProtagonist: Creon. Antigone may be the titular character, but Creon is arguably the real protagonist.

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* VillainProtagonist: Creon. Antigone may be the titular character, character and she's undoubtedly more heroic than Creon, but Creon is arguably he's the real protagonist.protagonist because she goes to her death still believing that she's done the right thing, whereas his actions bring about his utter ruin and, by the end, he's all too aware of it.
14th Feb '16 6:25:16 AM ading
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* TheHeroDies: Antigone herself at the end.
* HonorBeforeReason: Antigone.

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* TheHeroDies: Antigone herself commits suicide at the end.
* HonorBeforeReason: Antigone.Antigone gives her brother a proper burial, even though she knows it will mean her death.
* HurtingHero: Antigone. See DeathSeeker above.


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* NeverHurtAnInnocent: Creon stubbornly insists on carrying out his threats towards Antigone even when it's clear that this will do more harm than good, but relents from punishing Ismene when he realizes she hasn't done anything illegal.
25th Jan '16 3:18:44 PM margdean56
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* ShootTheMessenger: Creon threatens to have the Sentry executed after they bring him news that their has been an attempt to bury the body, saying the guards must have been responsible. The Sentry was worried this would happen, delaying the journey and the guards chose him by lot.

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* ShootTheMessenger: Creon threatens to have the Sentry executed after they bring him news that their there has been an attempt to bury the body, saying the guards must have been responsible. The Sentry was worried this would happen, delaying the journey journey, and the guards chose him by lot.
25th Jan '16 2:46:07 PM margdean56
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The play starts with Antigone bringing her sister, Ismene, terrible news. Between the end of ''Oedipus at Colonus'' and the start of ''Antigone'', their brother, Polynices led an army against Eteocles for the right to inherit their father's throne. The brothers took each other's lives. This was chronicled in the play ''Theatre/TheProgeny''; [[MissingEpisode sadly, only a single exchange from that play survives]]. It can be read [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Progeny here]]. Antigone's uncle, Creon, now undisputed master of Thebes once more, has ordered that Polynices' body be put on display as a traitor. Antigone asks her sister to help her bury their brother properly, but Ismene refuses, and Antigone does it by herself.

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The play starts with Antigone bringing her sister, Ismene, terrible news. Between the end of ''Oedipus at Colonus'' and the start of ''Antigone'', their brother, brother Polynices led an army against Eteocles for the right to inherit their father's throne. The brothers took each other's lives. This was chronicled in the play ''Theatre/TheProgeny''; [[MissingEpisode sadly, only a single exchange from that play survives]]. It can be read [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Progeny here]]. Antigone's uncle, Creon, now undisputed master of Thebes once more, has ordered that Polynices' body be put on display left unburied, as a traitor. Antigone asks her sister to help her bury their brother properly, but Ismene refuses, and Antigone does it by herself.



Also the name of a 1944 existential play by French playwright Jean Anouilh which covers the same events as the play by Sophocles, with a much more modern bend.

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Also the name of a 1944 existential play by French playwright Jean Anouilh which covers the same events as the play by Sophocles, with a much more modern bend.bent.
21st Jan '16 8:07:47 PM ading
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* AntiVillain: Played with. Creon has been seen as this today, but the play depicts him as far too power-mad and authoritarian for the sake of it to be a true anti-villain.

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* AntiVillain: Played with. Creon has been is seen as this today, but the play depicts him as far too power-mad and authoritarian for the sake of it to be a true anti-villain. today.



* AcquittedTooLate: By the time Creon realizes he was being an asshole and Antigone should go free, [[spoiler:she's already killed herself]].

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* AcquittedTooLate: By the time Creon realizes he was being an asshole and Antigone should go free, [[spoiler:she's she's already killed herself]].herself.



* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: [[spoiler:A possible reason for Antigone's hanging herself rather than waiting to die in her "tomb"]].

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* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: [[spoiler:A A possible reason for Antigone's hanging herself rather than waiting to die in her "tomb"]]."tomb".



* CainAndAbel: The backstory. ''The Progeny'' has more detail [[MissingEpisode but well...]]
** All we know is that both brothers were willing to start a violent and bloody civil war over the throne, which resulted in their deaths and left Thebes in chaos.

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* CainAndAbel: The backstory. ''The Progeny'' has more detail [[MissingEpisode but well...]]
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]] All we know is that both brothers were willing to start a violent and bloody civil war over the throne, which resulted in their deaths and left Thebes in chaos.



* DeathSeeker: Antigone. She views an eternal afterlife serving the gods as more desirable than a temporary life serving man. [[spoiler:Hence why, after being imprisoned, she hangs herself.]]

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* DeathSeeker: Antigone. She views an eternal afterlife serving the gods as more desirable than a temporary life serving man. [[spoiler:Hence Hence why, after being imprisoned, she hangs herself.]]



* IronicEcho: "Afflicting men the worst of ills is lack of judgment." First said by Creon when accusing Tiresias the seer of corruption, later said by the Messenger when [[spoiler: Creon realizes that his hubris led to his son committing suicide.]]

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* IronicEcho: "Afflicting men the worst of ills is lack of judgment." First said by Creon when accusing Tiresias the seer of corruption, later said by the Messenger when [[spoiler: Creon realizes that his hubris led to his son committing suicide.]]
8th Aug '15 12:24:49 PM SetsunasaNiWa
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* DownerEnding: [[CaptainObvious Obviously]].

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* DownerEnding: [[CaptainObvious Obviously]].DownerEnding
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