History Theatre / Antigone

26th Aug '17 2:15:42 PM DustSnitch
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->'''Creon''': And thou didst indeed dare to transgress that law?\\
'''Antigone''': Yes; for it was not Zeus that had published me that edict [...] nor deemed I that thy decrees were of such force, that a mortal could override the unwritten and unfailing statutes of heaven.
26th Aug '17 2:08:59 PM DustSnitch
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* YouCantFightFate: Because Oedipus did... well... [[ParentalIncest what Oedipus did]], their entire family is cursed. Excluding Ismene, for some reason.
** [[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 death sentence, but Creon refuses to condemn her and Antigone rebuffs her.

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* YouCantFightFate: Because Oedipus did... well... [[ParentalIncest what Oedipus did]], their entire family is cursed. Excluding cursed, making it inevitable that Antigone will be condemned for burying her brother, leaving her sister, Ismene, for some reason.
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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 death sentence, but Creon refuses to condemn her and Antigone rebuffs her.
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* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters: At least one translation (discussed https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2015/feb/27/antigone-juliette-binoche-anne-carson-barbican here]]) has Creon labeling Antigone a "terrorist" for disobeying his law. Antigone is undaunted and continues to follow the law of Zeus over mortal decrees, effectively holding herself as a moral rebel rather than an ancestor to ISIS.
26th Aug '17 1:56:46 PM DustSnitch
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* TheAesop: Creon stands by poor reasoning and ends up wanting nothing but death, teaching Thebes and the audience that "of all curses which cleave to man, ill counsel is the sovereign curse."


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* GodIsGood: Antigone respects the law of the gods above all other laws, leading her to prefer death to submitting unjustly to the king. The king at first argues with Antigone, but the aftermath of her death convinces him that he was in the wrong, leaving it unambiguous that the gods determine what is just and not the kings of men.
26th Aug '17 1:43:55 PM DustSnitch
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* DeathSeeker: Antigone. She views an eternal afterlife serving the gods as more desirable than a temporary life serving man. Hence why, after being imprisoned, she hangs herself.

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Antigone. She views an eternal afterlife serving the gods as more desirable than a temporary life serving man. Hence why, after being imprisoned, she hangs herself.
26th Aug '17 1:38:06 PM DustSnitch
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Unfortunately, she is caught, and Creon orders her walled up in a cave to die. Despite warnings from both the Chorus and the seer Tiresias that leaving the dead unburied will have terrible consequences, it is not until Tiresias predicts that Creon's family will suffer and armies will march against Thebes that he relents. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, he's too late, as the time spent burying the body prevented Creon reaching Antigone before she hanged herself. Seeing he was too late, Haemon, her fiancé and Creon's son, stabbed himself, and when THAT news reached his mother, Eurydice, she stabbed herself too. The play ends with Creon leaving the stage a broken man.]]

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Unfortunately, she is caught, and Creon orders her walled up in a cave to die. Despite warnings from both the Chorus and the seer Tiresias that leaving the dead unburied will have terrible consequences, it is not until Tiresias predicts that Creon's family will suffer and armies will march against Thebes that he relents. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, he's too late, as the time spent burying the body prevented Creon reaching Antigone before she hanged herself. Seeing he was too late, Haemon, her fiancé and Creon's son, stabbed himself, and when THAT news reached his mother, Eurydice, she stabbed herself too. The play ends with Creon leaving the stage a broken man.]]
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26th Aug '17 1:37:54 PM DustSnitch
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* AnachronicOrder: This was actually written before ''Theatre/OedipusTheKing''.
* AntiVillain: Creon is seen as this today.

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* AnachronicOrder: This was actually written before ''Theatre/OedipusTheKing''.
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''Theatre/OedipusTheKing'', but chronologically follows that play and [[Theatre/OedipusAtColonus its sequel]].
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AntiVillain: Creon is seen as this today.



* BlindSeer: Tiresias.
* BreakTheHaughty: As was the Greek standard.
* BuriedAlive: Antigone is walled up in a crypt.
* 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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* BlindSeer: Tiresias.
Tiresias requires an assistant to describe the flames and smoke that emerge after making a sacrifice, but from that description, he can determine the will of the gods with great wisdom. Still, he can't make Creon see the truth of his erroneous actions, which leads to the reason why ''Antigone'' is called a tragedy.
* BreakTheHaughty: As was the Greek standard.
standard, Creon's arrogance leads to tragedy. He ends up lording his own judgement over that of his son, a seer, and the gods until that judgement leaves him without a son or wife. His despair is so great that he's little more than a "breathing corpse."
* BuriedAlive: As punishment for giving burial to her scoundrel of a brother, Antigone is walled up sentenced to be buried alive in a crypt.
crypt with enough food and water to keep death from saving her from years of isolation.
* CainAndAbel: The backstory. Just before the events of the play, the two sons of Oedipus killed one another over the throne of Thebes. One of the brothers is deemed to have been lawful and given burial, but the other is deemed the Cain of the situation and the king unjustly outlaws that he should have any Earthly help entering the realm of Hades. ''The Progeny'' has more detail on the brothers themselves [[MissingEpisode but well...]] All we know ]]
* CharacterTitle: The title character
is that both brothers were willing to start a violent and bloody civil war over Antigone, the throne, which resulted in their deaths and left Thebes in chaos.
* CharacterTitle
daughter of Oedipus, who at first seems to be our TragicHero, but the ultimate tragedy ends up befalling her enemy, Creon.



* DesecratingTheDead: {{Discussed}}. The plot is driven by a debate regarding whether or not the eponymous character's brother, Polynices, who died trying to seize a power vacuum, deserves a proper burial or further desecration.
* TheDeterminator: Antigone.

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* DesecratingTheDead: {{Discussed}}. The plot is driven by a debate regarding whether or not the eponymous character's Antigone's brother, Polynices, who died trying to seize a power vacuum, deserves a proper burial or further desecration.
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desecration. The king has made it illegal to bury him, but Antigone holds that the law of the gods demands that one helps their family proceed through the afterlife. She holds this even as Creon orders her to be locked alive in a tomb, and he holds his conviction until Antigone's fate drives his entire family to suicide, at which point he admits his foolishness.
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TheDeterminator: Antigone.



* DownerEnding

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* DownerEndingDownerEnding: Antigone kills herself in her prison, which causes her lover to kill himself by accident while trying to stab the king, which then causes Antigone's lover's mother self-stab in the heart, which leaves Antigone's lover's mother's husband (the king who condemned Antigone) is left to pray for his own death to escape from his despair.



* TheHeroDies: Antigone herself commits suicide at the end.

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* TheHeroDies: Antigone herself commits suicide at near the end.end of the play.



* HurtingHero: Antigone. See DeathSeeker above.

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* {{Irony}}
* 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 Creon realizes that his hubris led to his son committing suicide.
* KissingCousins: Antigone and Haemon.
** Worryingly they are more closely related than ordinary first cousins, as Antigone is related to Creon through both her parents.

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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 Creon realizes that his hubris led to his son committing suicide.
suicide, fulfilling Tiresias's prophesy.
* KissingCousins: Antigone and Haemon.
** Worryingly
Haemon are engaged, but worryingly, they are more closely related than ordinary first cousins, cousins on both sides of the family, as Antigone is related to Creon through both her parents.



* SealedRoomInTheMiddleOfNowhere
* SecondhandStorytelling: Per the standards of the day, all the suicides happen off-screen to be related by messengers for the audience.

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* SecondhandStorytelling: SecondhandStorytelling:
** The illegal burial of Oedipus's son is not shown, it is only known to the audience thanks to a guard who (unwillingly) tells the king about the subject, while stopping the story every few seconds to make sure he won't get killed for giving the bad news.
** Antigone's capture is told by the guards bring her to the king. Since the capture took about half a day, its omission helps to keep the play from running for an ungodly amount of time.
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Per the standards of the day, all the suicides happen off-screen to be related by messengers for the audience.



* StarCrossedLovers: Antigone and Haemon
* TagTeamSuicide

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* StarCrossedLovers: Antigone and Haemon
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refuses to let the king stop her from doing what is right by burying her brother, thus forcing the king's son, Haemon, to stand by as his father sentences to death the woman who should be his wife.
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* {{Tragedy}}

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* WellIntentionedExtremist: Creon.

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20th Sep '16 6:34:47 PM Lightblade
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* DishonoredDead: King Creon orders that the body of Polyneices (who had attacked the city to claim kingship) should be left unburied.
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.
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