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What are eight important scenes in 'Antigone'?


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July 02, 2009 6:29PM

One important scene is the meeting between the sisters, Antigone and Ismene. Antigone foredooms her tragedy by deciding to violate the non-burial law by honoring the corpse of her brother Polyneices. A second important scene is Theban King Creon's announcement of his non-burial decree. The King foredooms his tragedy by deciding to violate the god-given rights of all Thebans to proper burial rites and rituals. A third important scene is the announcement by the Sentry of the law's violation with the honoring of Polyneices' corpse. The result is the King's decision to arrest and punish the perpetrator. Antigone's arrest and court appearance bring the criminal and the punisher together in the tragedy of deliberate crime and equally deliberate punishment. A fourth important scene is Antigone's sentencing. The commuting of the capital punishment from death by stoning to death by live burial in a walled-up, remote cave opens up the possibility of the victim's suicide. A fifth important scene is the meeting between Theban King Creon and his son, Haemon. Their opposing views on Antigone's fate foredoom Haemon's tragedy. Haemon must decide whether to repudiate or rescue his cousin and bride-to-be. A sixth important scene is the meeting between Teiresias the blind prophet and Theban King Creon. The King's insults and threats lead the Prophet to reveal the woeful fate of the royal household. A seventh important scene is the meeting of the King with the dead Antigone and the mourning Haemon in the cave. Haemon's suicide is one of two straws to break the camel's back. The second straw, in the eighth important scene, is the news of the suicide of Queen Eurydice. It's all over for King Creon, who once had it all.