Antigone study guide prologue and scene 1-2

How are Antigone and Ismene related? Sisters
Who are the two brothers mentioned in the prologue ? • Polynieces• Oedipus
How did the two brothers die? Fought in a war and killed each other
What is King Creon’s decree? Polynieces shouldn’t be buried
What does Antigone plan to do? Bury Polynieces
What is Ismene’s decision regarding the King’s decree? She wants to follow the law and not get killed
What does the anchorages compare Polynieces to in the Parodos? A wild eagle
According to the Choragos, what does God hate? Bragging people
Who is the new king of Thebes? Creon
What crime has Polynieces committed in the opinion of the King? -He was a trader- he fought against the country
What news does the sentry bring to Creon? Someone buried Polynieces
How was it decided which of the sentries would bring the news about Polynieces to Creon? They rolled dice
How does Creon believe the act of burying Polynieces was carried out? Someone was paid
What does Creon demand that the sentry do? Find who buried Polynieces
Who has the sentry captured and brought before King Creon? Antigone
How did the guards manage to capture Antigone? They found her trying to butt him after a sky of dust went by
How did Antigone react to bring captured by the sentries? She did not resist- she went with the guards willingly
What reason does Antigone give for defying Creon’s decree? She says God’s laws are more important than him and his laws
Who else does Creon have arrested in connection with the crime of burying Polynieces? Ismene
Why is Antigone angry with Ismene? She refused to help at first. Now she had guilt
Besides being Antigone’s uncle, how else were Creon and Antigone related? Antigone is engaged to Haimon and they’re cousins. And Creon is Haimon’s father
What is to be Antigone’s punishment for burying her brother? Death/ execution

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