Antigone Study Guide: Prologue and Parodos

How are Antigone and Ismene related? They are sisters
Who are the two brothers mentioned in the prologue? Polyneices and Eteocles
How did the two brothers die? In a battle against each other
What is King Creon’s decree? That whoever buries Polyneices will die by stoning to death.
What does Antigone plan to do? Bury Polyneices
What is Ismene’s decision regarding the King’s decree? She will not help Antigone because she feels as though women should not go against the King’s decree.
What does the Choragos compare Polyneices to in the Parodos? Polyneices is called a “wild screaming eagle” (Parados 10)
What city has “seven gates in a yawning ring?” Thebes
What does the Chorus compare Thebes to? Thebes is compared to a “dragon” (Parodos 20)
According to the Choragos, what does God hate? God hates “The bray of bragging tongues” (Parodos 22)
decree An authoritative order having the force of law
carrion Feeding on dead and decaying flesh
yield To give up to another (an advantage, for example); concede
consider To think carefully about
roused To excite, as to anger or action; stir up
eddy A current of water moving against the direction of the main current
marshal A military officer of the highest rank in some countries.
sated To satisfy to excess
bray A loud, harsh sound resembling that of a donkey
swagger To walk or conduct oneself with an insolent or arrogant air; strut

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