Summary of Sifocles’ Antigone

The tragedy of Antigone is a direct confirmation of the Greek saying: “Above all else in human life is the law, and the unwritten law is higher than written.” In order to regret the weak, honor the gods, respect and love your loved ones, you do not need to issue a law. Each person is vaccinated from birth. The written law was invented by the people themselves and they changed it. The King of Thebes, Oedipus, who accidentally killed his father and married his mother without knowing his kinship, ordered his eyes to be punished for punishment for his crimes and renounced the throne. The gods have forgiven him.

Sons from the criminal marriage of Oedipus Eteokle and Polynik, without sharing power, killed each other. Polynik led the seven leaders to the gates of Thebes to take away the banner of power from his brother. The old adviser, Oedipus Creon, remained in power. He ruled that the Eteocles, as a ruler, would be buried with honors, and Polynika, as an enemy who invaded

the city, would deprive the burial, leaving vultures and dogs to be torn to pieces. The dead brothers left the sisters of Antigonus and Yemen. They mourned the brothers. Antigone considered Creon’s decision unfair. According to unwritten laws, each body must be buried and Antigone, having entered the written law, sprinkled Polynik’s body with earth. The guards brought the stranger to Creon. Creon threatened to death to those who will enact his law. Antigone was the niece of Creon, and also the bride of his son.

The son pointed out to his father that the truth is on the side of the daughter-in-law, and the people are indignant and sorry for her. Creon does not stop, he planted Antigone and her sister (accused of complicity) in prison, and his son withdraws, renouncing his father. Captive Antigone alive zamorovyvayut in the tomb. Antigone in despair says: “If the law of God is higher than the people, why should I die, why pray to the gods if for godliness they call me wicked? If the gods for the king – I will redeem the guilt, but if the gods for me – the king will pay.” In order

for God’s judgment to come, a blind prophet Tiresias comes to Creon. He speaks of the wrath of the gods, of the unfair fate of Antigone and Polynicus. The king decides to yield and orders to release Antigone, and her brother to be buried. But it was late, Antigone hanged herself in the tomb, Creon’s son killed himself with a sword, having learned of the death of the bride. Creon is overtaken by God’s punishment. The queen rushed to the sword, killing herself. The city was swept up by the infection. King Creon mourns for his loved ones, and the tragedy ends with the words of the choir: “Wisdom is the highest good, pride is the worst sin, arrogance is a haughty execution, and for an old age it teaches the unreasonable mind”

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Summary of Sifocles’ Antigone