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Flashcards in Antigone Elements Deck (10):
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Setting

Thebes, Ancient Greece; 400 B.C.

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Characters

Antigone, Haemon, Ismene, Creon, Tiresias, Polyneices, Etiocles, Messenger, Eurydice

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Protagonist

Antigone

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Antagonist

Creon

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Conflict

Antigone, in her love for her dead brother, Polyneices, wants a proper burial to respect the dead Polyneices, but King Creon, because of Polyneices's "betrayal of the state," decides to leave Polyneices's corpse out to rot and be eaten by animals, being shamed.

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Climax

Antigone commits suicide in the cave.

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Protagonist cannot accept:

The disrespect and shame which her dead brother is receiving because of Creon.

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Resolution

Creon loses everything, his son (Haemon), his wife (Eurydice), a future daughter-in-law (Antigone), for not listening to the fate of the gods.

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Theme statement

When a woman cannot deal with the shame bestowed upon her dead brother, she loves him to the point where that she will defend him even in death.

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Theme (3 examples)

Love (for family)
1. Antigone acts out of love when wanting to bury the dead Polyneices, even if it means that she will die for him.
2. Haemon, Antigone's lover, commits suicide, knowing that he cannot live on without the one whom he loves.
3. Eurydice, Haemon's mother, also kills herself, due to the grief of knowing that Haemon committed suicide, and so, she killed herself because of grief stemming for love.