Star-crossed Love and Foolish Pride

from Antigone by Sophocles

by Amy Gonzalez

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Star-crossed Lovers: Antigone and Haimon

" the cavern's farthest corner we saw her lying: She had made a noose of her fine linen veil and hanged herself. Haimon lay beside her, his arms about her waist, lamenting her...crying out that his father had stolen her away from him" (Sophocles 653). Picture: ("Antigone")

This quote describes Haimon finding Antigone dead in her prison. Soon after, Haimon attacks his father, Creon, with his sword, but is unable to hurt him because he is so upset. He then turns the blade on his body and kills himself.

This quote is significant to the play because it shows how Haimon and Antigone are star-crossed lovers and are never meant to be. It also shows how Creon's pride, in thinking he could defy the gods by not burying Polyneices, was misguided. This is just the beginning of everything Creon loses because of his hubris.

Supporting Image: "Hidden Love"

This picture goes with the quote because it depicts a boy with unseeing eyes lying with an image of a rainbow girl that is difficult to see. His arm is twisted and wrapped around her body trying to hold her close so she is one with him.

The girl is like Antigone because her image (spirit) is with the boy, but her alive, physical self is gone. The boy is like Haimon because he is mourning her loss and wishing she were alive instead of a beautiful, colorful memory.

Supporting Song: "Varud" by Sigur Ros

This song goes with the quote because it sounds like a woman (Antigone) is singing a sad song about the loss of something (maybe her brother's spirit and her life). Then it sounds like a man (Haimon) is singing about the loss of something (his fiancee Antigone). Soon after many people are singing, which makes it sound like the chorus and messenger are singing about the deaths of Antigone and Haimon. The song builds and becomes loud and powerful toward the end, which creates an image of Creon realizing the gravity of his mistake and lamenting the loss of his son and his wife.

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Creon: The Fool

"No pride on earth is free of the curse of heaven" (Sophocles 657).

This quote means that the gods will punish any people who are too proud and believe their will is above them.

This quote is significant because it foreshadows the ending of the play. Creon is too proud and insecure to go back on his decree that Polyneices not be buried, and because of this, he is cursed by the gods and pays the ultimate price through the loss of his son, wife, and niece.

Supporting Image: "The Fall of Icarus"

This picture supports the quote because it shows Daedalus's son, Icarus, flying to the heavens using his man-made wings. He goes against his father's wishes and flies too high. The heat of the sun melts the wax in his wings, which soon fall apart. He falls to his death, regretting that he failed to listen to his father.

Creon is like Icarus--he fails to listen to Antigone, the citizens of Thebes and Tiresias's prophecy, and regrets his decision to not bury Polyneices only when it is too late. His fall from power is just as great as Icarus's. He could have had a smooth flight as king, if only he hadn't been too proud to listen to those around him.

Supporting Song: "Requiem" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

This song supports the quote because it sounds like the chorus is singing about the loss of Antigone, Haimon, and Eurydice due to Creon's foolish pride. The strong pulsing bass beat and lilting high notes sound like the gods speaking with the chorus, telling Creon that all of his heartache and loss could have been avoided if only he had listened to them.


Mozart's Requiem III.6 "Lacrimosa" by Touchfaster