Antigone: Big Concepts
... 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).
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).
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).
... 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).
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).