Oedipus's daughter and guide in his blind wanderings. Although she has not been banished from Thebes, she suffers the same hardships as her father out of her love for him. When her brother Polynices visits in a failed attempt to gain Oedipus's blessing, he asks Antigone to give him a proper burial if he should die in battle (these efforts are the subject of Sophocles's Antigone).
Antigone Quotes in Oedipus at Colonus
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Oh Athens, praised above any land on earth, now turn your glowing praises into action!
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...is now a sorry sight, blind and hobbled, dressed in rags, led by his daughter Antigone.
Oedipus tells Antigone that acceptance is the lesson taught by his suffering. He then asks Antigone to find...
...tell him he must step out of the grove of the Furies. He does, with Antigone's help, and sits on a rocky area just outside the grove. The chorus ask his...
Antigone appeals to the citizens' pity and humanity. Oedipus says they should not drive him out...
A rider approaches—it is Ismene, Oedipus's other daughter. Oedipus, Antigone, and Ismene have a heartfelt reunion, and then Ismene delivers her news: Oedipus's two sons...
Just then, Antigone gives an alarm that Creon is approaching. Creon enters and says he has come not...
...orders his guards to take Oedipus's two daughters away, toward Thebes. As the guards seize Antigone and Ismene, the chorus condemns this action but is unable to stop them. When Creon...
Theseus returns with his attendants, escorting Antigone and Ismene. Overjoyed and relieved to see his daughters, Oedipus thanks Theseus profusely and asks...
Oedipus doesn't want to see his son, but Antigone and Theseus argue that there's no harm in listening. Oedipus agrees to see Polynices, and...
Antigone says a man is approaching, alone, in tears. Polynices enters. He is miserable, and weeps...
...Polynices asks his sisters to give him a proper burial if Oedipus's curses come true. Antigone begs Polynices to call off the attack on Thebes. Polynices refuses—he has been humiliated by...
As the messenger stops speaking, Antigone and Ismene enter, chanting a funereal dirge. Answering questions from the chorus, Antigone confirms the...
...since to grieve too much after Oedipus received such a blessing might anger the gods. Antigone begs to see her father's tomb, but Theseus says he cannot allow it, citing his...