Antigone: Big Concepts



Family is a huge concept in the story of "Antigone". The way that the story portrays Antigone's character shows that she is willing to do anything to for her family. She goes out against the law to bury her brother because she disagrees from the opinion of Creon. Creon also shows that impact of family but in a somewhat different way than Antigone. Creon shows how not listening to the opinions of others in your family effect the relationships. Creon goes against everything his family says and catastrophic things end up happening. His whole world practically falls apart and leaves him without a family because he cared more about his opinion than other peoples'.


1: "Antigone:
... Creon buried our brother Eteoclês
With military honors, gave him a soldier's funeral,
And it was right that he should; but Polyneicês,
They fought as bravely and died as miserably,--..." (Prologue).

Quote 2:
You must decide whether you will help me or not.
I do not understand you. Help you in what?
Ismene, I am going to bury him. Will you come?
Bury him! You have just said the new law forbids it.
He is my brother. And he is your brother, too.
But think of the danger! Think what Creon will do!
Creon is not enough to stand in my way." (Prologue).

Quote 3:
Do you refuse me, Antigone? I want to die with you: I too have a duty that I must discharge to the dead.
You shall not lessen my death by sharing it" (Scene 2).

Quote 4:
... My own blind heart has brought me
From darkness to final darkness. Here you see
The father murdering, the murdered son---
And all my civic wisdom!
Haimon my son, so young, so young to die,
I was the fool, not you; and you died for me" (Scene 5, Exodus).

Scene 5:
Lead me away. I have been rash and foolish.
I have killed my son and my wife.
I look for comfort; my comfort lies here dead.
Whatever my hands have touched has come to nothing" (Scene 5, Exodus).

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