Antigone Study Guide: Scene 5

Who is the blind prophet who comes to speak to King Creon? Teiresias.
What does the prophet claim that he heard which frightened him? He heard the birds fighting and screaming and tearing each other apart.
What happened when the prophet began “the rites of burnt-offering at the alter”? Hephaestus (god of fire) failed him and gave him no flame…just gray smoke.
What does the prophet claim to be the cause of the gods’ reaction to their offerings? Creon caused this “calamity” (Scene 5 26).
What does the prophet claim can be done to repair the evil performed against the gods? To give in and yield to what Crean has done- he needs to repair the evil with the gods.
What is King Creon’s reaction to Teiresias’ messages? He says Teiresias has been bribed.
What is it that Creon claims al prophets love? Gold.
What warning does Teiresias give to King Creon is he refuses to heed the prophesies? That curses will be thrown down at him from the gods.
What advice does the Choragos give King Creon once Teiresias leaves? To take Teiresias’ advice.
How does king Creon react to the advice of the Choragos? He says he will go and bury Polyneices and free Antigone from the vault.
augury The art , ability, or practice of divination or predictions
entrails The internal organs, especially the intestines
calamity An event that brings terrible loss; distaster
glut To fill beyond capacity, especially with food
aphorism A tersely phrased statement of a truth or opinion; an adage
folly A lack of good sense, understanding , or foresight
clement inclined to be linient or merciful
citadel A fortress in a commanding position in or near a city
barbaric Without civilizing influences
barrow A large mound of earth or stones placed over a burial site

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