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Antigone: scene 2
Transcript of Antigone: scene 2
Analysis by Gloria Herrera, Diana Ramirez
Antigone- The princess; she is brave and courageous when defending who she loves
Choragus- The leader of the chorus
Sentry- A Theban who is on watch of those who die unburied; his obligation is to tell the king of anything unusual happening
Creon- The Theban king; he sides with the law and is Antigone's uncle
Ismene- The princess and sister of Antigone; brave and just Summary: At the beginning, we see how Sentry is accusing the princess, Antigone, of burying a man. The choragus only comments and asks why Antigone is being taken if she is the princess. The king Creon arrives at the scene and Sentry tells him that Antigone was found burying her brother and when she was confronted by Sentry and Creon, she denied nothing. Antigone did not care about dying for she said she was mortal and sooner or later was going to die so if it had to be then, she was ready. She did not regret anything she did. She had declared that burying her brother kept her at peace, something she would not have had if he was left unburied. Summary Continued...: The king Creon summons Ismene for he says that she is as guilty as Antigone. She begs him to kill her while he thinks of this and states that she should be honored and praised for what she has done, but the reason she was not praised was due to the fear her uncle, the king, provoked in men. Then, the king brings Eteocles, Antigone's other dead brother, into the discussion. He states that she honors a traitor as much as him to which Antigone responds that they are the same blood whether they are traitors or not. Afterwards, Ismene comes into play and confesses that she too was as guilty as Antigone in burying her brother. Antigone tells her to stop lying and to save herself for she will die. Ismene takes the blame even though she had no part in it because she could not live without her sister. Creon gives orders to his guards to take both of them away and guard them well because even the bravest of men run when they see death approaching. Character Analysis: From this scene, we can depict that Antigone is brave, unafraid, courageous, fearless and determined. She defies the law and the king to do what she believes in.
Creon is stubborn, powerful and cruel. He would kill his own blood without remorse.
Ismene is brave, loyal and kind. She is true to what she believes in and will risk her life to be with her family (Antigone). SPECIAL OBSERVATION:
FORESHADOWING: Creon says, "You, there, take them away and guard them well: For they are but women, and even brave men run When they see Death coming."
This may be the fate of Ismene or Antigone or both.