Antigone Scene 5 – Exodus

Creon has conflict with Teiresias the blind prophet
Teiresias’ revelation of truth to Creon is that he had Oedipus leave Thebes indirectly helping Creon to become king
Teiresias is physically blind but spiritually sighted
prophet agent of gods in dealing with humans
“Creon, you yourself have brought this new calamity upon us” Teiresias Scene 5 Lines 25-26
“But a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong, and repairs the evil. The only crime is pride” Teiresias Scene 5 Lines 35-36
hubris Greek word for excessive pride
creon accuses who of being bribed Teiresias
the time will come when Creon pays “corpse for corpse, flesh of your own flesh” prophecy
house will be full of men and women weeping and curses will be hurled at him if Creon doesn’t give into the dead man prophecy
choragus helps Creon realize the prophet is never wrong
“It is hard to give in but its worse to risk everything for stubborn pride” Creon Scene 5 Lines 92-93
choragus advises Creon to free Antigone and build tomb for Polynecies
“I will not fight with destiny” Creon Scene 5 Line 101
Creon is now a dynamic character
“The laws of the gods are mighty, and a man must serve them to the last day of his life” Creon Scene 5 Lines 108-109
paean hymn that is an appeal to the gods for assistance
in this paean chorus praises Dionysus, or lacchus, and calls on him to come to Thebes to show mercy and drive out evil
Sophocles wrote this play in honor of Dionysus
tone of this play ominus, solemn, intense, serious
exodos last episode in the play followed by final speech made by choragus and addressed directly to the audience
creon’s downfall victorius in battle, “walking dead man”, soul governor of the land, father of nobely born children, loses everything (Antigone, Haemon, Eurydice die)
“Grief and I are no strangers” Eurydice Megareus, older son of Creon and Eurydice, died in battle of Thebes
goes with Creon to free Antigone messenger
“My own blind heart has brought me from darkness to final darkness” Creon Exodus Line 87-88
“Let death come quickly and be kind to me” Creon Exodus Line 128
“Fate has brought all my pride to a thought of dust” Creon Exodos Lines 138
catharsis emotional cleansing of purging; spiritual renewal
resolution conflict ends; loose ends are tied
“There is no happiness where there is no wisdom; no wisdom but in submission to the gods” Choragus Exodos Lines 139-140

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