Antigone

Antigone Character Analysis

Daughter (and half-sister) of Oedipus, sister of Ismene, niece of Creon, and fiancée of Haemon. When her brother Polynices dies attacking Thebes, Antigone defies Creon's order that no citizen of Thebes can give Polynices's body a proper burial, under penalty of death. She believes the burial rituals are the unwritten rules of the gods, and must be obeyed regardless of a ruler's political whims. She is bold in her defiance, believes firmly that she is right, and at times seems eager to die for the cause of burying her brother.

Antigone Quotes in Antigone

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Lines 1-416 Quotes
I have longer
to please the dead than please the living here:
in the kingdom down below I'll lie forever.
Related Characters: Antigone (speaker)
Page Number: 88-90
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I will suffer
nothing as great as death without glory.
Related Characters: Antigone (speaker)
Page Number: 112-113
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Like father like daughter,
passionate, wild…
she hasn't learned to bend before adversity.
Related Characters: The Chorus (speaker), Antigone
Page Number: 525-527
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Spit her out,
like a mortal enemy—let the girl go.
Let her find a husband down among the dead.
Related Characters: Creon (speaker), Antigone
Page Number: 728-730
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Love, you mock us for your sport.
Related Characters: The Chorus (speaker), Antigone, Haemon
Page Number: 894
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I go to wed the lord of the dark waters.
Related Characters: Antigone (speaker)
Page Number: 908
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You went too far, the last limits of daring—
smashing against the high throne of Justice!
Your life's in ruins, child—I wonder…
do you pay for your father's terrible ordeal?
Related Characters: The Chorus (speaker), Antigone
Page Number: 943-946
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But if these men are wrong, let them suffer
nothing worse than they mete out to me—
these masters of injustice!
Related Characters: Antigone (speaker), Creon
Related Symbols: Antigone's Tomb
Page Number: 1019-1021
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Still the same rough winds, the wild passion
raging through the girl.
Related Characters: The Chorus (speaker), Antigone
Related Symbols: Antigone's Tomb
Page Number: 1022-1023
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Antigone Character Timeline in Antigone

The timeline below shows where the character Antigone appears in Antigone. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Lines 1-416
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Oedipus's two daughters, Antigone and Ismene, discuss their grief in the palace. The outraged Antigone tells Ismene that Creon... (full context)
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Angry and defiant, Antigone challenges Ismene to help her bury their brother Polynices. Ismene is frightened, both of Creon's... (full context)
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Antigone responds that she won't let Ismene join in the glory of burying their brother even... (full context)
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Ismene continues to plead with Antigone, but Antigone only grows angrier with her and more determined to defy Creon's decree. Antigone... (full context)
Lines 417-704
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The sentry returns, escorting Antigone. He calls for Creon and presents Antigone as the culprit who defied the law and... (full context)
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Creon asks Antigone if she denies this charge. She does not. Creon dismisses the sentry and asks Antigone... (full context)
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Creon asks why she would dare to break the law. Antigone says that Creon's law was not the law of the gods of the underworld—the gods... (full context)
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Antigone says she knows she must die. Since she has already known so much sadness in... (full context)
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The leader of the chorus notes that Antigone is as passionate and stubborn as her father. Creon responds that he will break her... (full context)
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Antigone is unfazed, and says that to die for the act of bringing honor to her... (full context)
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Creon asks how Antigone can honor Polynices, who killed her other brother, the patriotic Eteocles. Antigone responds that all... (full context)
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Ismene enters, weeping, and says that she will share Antigone's guilt, but Antigone furiously refuses to let Ismene share in the glory of dying for... (full context)
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...turns to Creon and asks him if he'd really kill his son Haemon's intended bride (Antigone is Haemon's fiancée). Creon says his son can find someone new. Ismene pleads that the... (full context)
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...importance of not losing one's head over a bad woman. He tells Creon to let Antigone go. (full context)
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Creon says that had he not punished Antigone's defiance of the rule of law, it would be like inviting anarchy to destroy the... (full context)
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Creon reacts with anger at his son's offering of advice. Again he calls Antigone a traitor. Haemon says the people of Thebes do not see it that way. Creon... (full context)
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The king and his son continue to argue. Creon accuses Haemon of supporting Antigone against his father. Haemon responds that he is trying to keep his father from committing... (full context)
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...violent. Creon doesn't care. He decides to spare Ismene, but says that he will take Antigone into the wilderness and enclose her in a vault with just a bit of food.... (full context)
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...that can't be conquered, that taunts people and makes them do crazy things. Guards bring Antigone from the palace. The chorus is heartbroken at the sight of her. (full context)
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Antigone laments her fate, and the fact that she will never experience the joys of marriage.... (full context)
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Antigone continues to mourn her life and death. She says that she would not have done... (full context)
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As she's led away, Antigone calls out that she is being punished for her devotion to the gods. She then... (full context)
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...kings or children of gods, yet even they could not escape their fates, just as Antigone cannot escape hers. (full context)
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...and that mortals may rule over the living. He says that as punishment for burying Antigone alive, the gods and the Furies will soon take the life of Creon's own child.... (full context)
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...He asks the leader of the chorus for advice. The leader tells him to free Antigone and bury Polynices quickly. Fearful, Creon gives in. He rushes off to free Antigone himself. (full context)