Flashcards in Antigone Elements Deck (10):
Thebes, Ancient Greece; 400 B.C.
Antigone, Haemon, Ismene, Creon, Tiresias, Polyneices, Etiocles, Messenger, Eurydice
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.
Antigone commits suicide in the cave.
Protagonist cannot accept:
The disrespect and shame which her dead brother is receiving because of Creon.
Creon loses everything, his son (Haemon), his wife (Eurydice), a future daughter-in-law (Antigone), for not listening to the fate of the gods.
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.