CreonCreon is intruduced for the first time in the sequel to Oedipus. Creon believes he can be a better leader than Oedipus. Creon is arrogant and his hubris makes him believe he can interpret what the gods would think of his actions. Creon wants to set harsh examples for the people of Thebes.
Character Development of 2 SistersThe Contrasting Character traits of Antigone and her sister Ismene are evident: Ismene is fearful of the law, while maintaining the idea that she loves her family, while Antigone fearlessly opposes the law and defends her family's honor at all costs.
Return Characters: ChorusThe Chorus returns much older and much wiser. The Chorus is one of the first characters, or groups of characters to bring up the them of wisdom in old age.
The GuardThe Guards are loyal to their current leader, but scared of the fact that Creon believes everyone is out to get him.
Guard Character DevelopmentNow that the Guard has found the true culprit, he is relieved because he assumes Creon will stop blaming him.
Antigone Quarrels with CreonAntigone cleverly uses Creons supposed love of the gods to agitate him and hopefully get her point across. Character Development: Around this time we realize that Antigone is becoming increasingly dramatic about her cause.
Dec 4, 0622
Ismenes Motives revealedAt this point in Ismene and Antigones argument (or Episoda) Ismene reveals that her motive in suddenly pronouncing her devotion is fear of losing her only remaining family member. Her motives are selfish.
Dec 4, 0720
Enter HaemonHaemon first presents himself as a loyal son. After a lengthy lecture from Creon about loyalty Haemon humours him with an equally lengthy response.
Dec 4, 0824
Haemon's true stance revealedIn this Episoda, Creon begins to argue with Haemon which reveals that Haemon does, in fact, have ideas of his own about his father's leadership and what the gods expect of them.
Dec 4, 0960
Another EpisodaThe Chorus now speaks with the dramatic, emotional Antigone about her motives for dying for her cause.
Dec 4, 1000
HAMARTIA ANTIGONEAntigone becomes so caught up in her cause due to her dramatic and emotional nature. Her hamartia, or tragic flaw is evident in her excessive emotion.
Creon sums it up with these memorable words:
".......those escorting her
will be sorry they’re so slow."
Dec 4, 1098
Tiresias: A return CharacterIn this Episoda,the old wise Tiresias returns to warn Creon about his ways. This is another reminder about the wisdom possessed by the older characters who have previously witnessed such tragedies.
Dec 4, 1200
Creon RealizesCreon continues with the idea that everyone is against him and turns Tiresias away. Following confrontation by the Chorus, Creon realizes his immense mistake, and the plot turns.
Dec 4, 1313
Another Character: EurydiceAt this point Haemon has killed himself over the sucide of Antigone and the Messenger says to the Chorus: "Consider what comes next." The Chorus imediately mentions Haemon's mother, Eurydice. Eurydice kills herself over the death of her son.
Dec 4, 1371
CLIMAX OF ANTIGONEThe messenger recalls the suicide of Antigone and Haemon in the climax of the play.
Dec 4, 1432
Creon to MessengerThough Creon has realized his mistakes, he still shows signs of believing that everyone is agaist him as he blames the messenger for all of his misery.
Dec 4, 1483
Wise words from the ChorusThe Chorus ( a frequent conveyer of themes) says
" Pray for nothing.
There’s no release for mortal human beings,
not from events which destiny has set. "
This reenforces the theme that destiny is set for mortal beings and we can not do anything about it.
Dec 4, 1491
Chorus sums up Wisdom themeAt the end of the resolution, (resolution being the self discovery of Creons mistakes after he inadvertently destroyed his entire family) the Chorus reaffirms the theme that with old age comes wisdom.The recurring characters in Antigone are old and have also lived through Oedipus' tragedy. It is also implied that perhaps the position of leadership itself brings about such tragedy.
Period: toJan 3, 1510
100 yrs = 100 linesLines of antigone are shown as 100 year time spans.