Antigone

The Curse of Oedipus Lives On!

Oedipus's Family Screwed Over Again!

After everything that happened to Oedipus, you would think that his family would be overdue on some good karma, right? Wrong! Just as Tiresias foretold to Oedipus, his children have suffered. As if it weren't bad enough that he has been banished and Jocasta has killed herself, but now his two sons, Eteocles and Polynices have both died at the hands of each other. Now, Creon is king and bringing even more tragedy upon the family. Creon says that Eteocles will have full burial rights, while Polynices will be left to rot and never travel onto the afterlife, which is basically worse than getting your phone taken away. Antigone, one of Oedipus's daughters, decides she wants her brother to journey into the afterlife, despite her sister, Ismene, begging her not to bury him. She sprinkles dust on his body anyway, and when a nervous guard tells Creon this, he orders it to be removed and kept a secret. Later, Antigone is caught trying to finish burying Polynices. Creon tells her to go to bed and say that she's ill, but our sassy little Antigone refuses. After a long conversation between the two, we find out what terrible people Antigone's brothers were. Antigone is urged to hurry and marry her fiance, Haemon, but starts arguing again. Eventually Ismene reappears apologizing to Antigone, saying that she will bury Polynices on her own. Haemon begs Creon to stop the guards from taking Antigone away and killing her, but it's too late because they already know the truth. While in her jail cell, Antigone chats with guard, recites a letter to him, and finds out she's going to be buried alive. After her cell had been sealed, Creon hears Haemon inside and removes the stones. Antigone has hung herself, and Haemon stabbed himself and lay beside her. When Eurydice, the Queen of Thebes, heard the news, she went into her room and cut her throat, leaving Creon truly alone as the tragic hero of our play. It closes with the thought that none of it would have happened if it hadn't been for Antigone.


pictures

they got deleted :(


1-Really bad Microsoft paint-looking cartoon of Oedipus stabbing his eyes. Captioned:

Oedipus Rex: In his own play, Oedipus, as seen here, stabs his eyes with Jocasta's dress pins, blinding himself, when he finds her body.

2-Search 'Antigone' on Google Images, and one of the images should be a Greek pot with Antigone standing in front of Creon on his throne. Captioned:

Antigone Stands before Creon: Real live picture printed on a pot of Antigone telling Creon off!

3-If search any of the characters names on Google Images, a family tree should pop up eventually. It's nothing fancy. Captioned:

Family Tree: As you can see, every member in the family tree of Thebian royalty has been involved in the tragedy, and Antigone's tragedy pretty wrapped up Tiresias's prophecy in Thebes.