Antigone Quotes Flashcard Example #615

“Loving, I shall lie with him, yes, with my loved one, when I have dared the crime of piety…” (p24)
Antigone
Sit.: Antigone trying to convince Ismene that what she’s doing is the right thing
Sig.: Values pleasing people in the afterlife rather than in her actual mortal lifetime; Divine Law above human law
“Now it comes that I hold all the power and the royal throne through close connection with the perished men.” lines 172-174, page 27
Creon
Situation: Creon explains his power to the throne and that he is in control.
Significance: Creon’s rage and stubbornness become a big part of this play.
“You cannot learn of any man the soul, the mind, and the intent until he shows his practice of the government and law. For I believe that he who controls the state if he holds not to the best plans of all…”– 175-177
Sit.: Creon has just been crowned as king and is talking about what a good leader values and the power of that leader
Sig.: Show Creon’s insecurity (abt. power as king); Creon connects his soul to the law; (WRONG NO) > Soul should not be governed by the state’s law but by divine law
“I shall suffer nothing so great as to stop me dying with honor.” (lines 96-97, page 25)
Antigone
Situation: Antigone tells Ismene that she should join her in the illegal burial of her brother. She explains that even though she will die, she will die with honor.
Significance: Dying with honor is considered a big deal to many in this play. Antigone wants to die with honor so that she will be treated fairly in the afterlife. This connects to one of the major themes in the play: Divine Law vs Human Law. She would rather break the laws of Creon than disrespect the gods.
“We must remember that we two are women, so not to fight with men.” — (lines 61-62, p. 23)
Ismene
Situation: Ismene is trying to explain to Antigone why she shouldn’t bury her brother and reminding her of the consequences.
Significance: In this time, women would have no say over men at all, especially with Creon. The role of women in society is a major theme in this play. Ismene is content w place in society
“Such orders they say the worthy Creon gives to you and me–yes, yes, I say to me– and that he’s coming to proclaim it clear to those who know it.”– (lines 31-34, p. 22)
Antigone
Situation: Antigone explains to Ismene that Creon made it a law that no one can bury Polyneices on account of death.
Significance: This quotation shows the disdain Antigone feels towards Creon, and his belief that his power comes before the gods or any immediate family. This is also foreshadowing, in that Antigone’s anger would result in her disobeying law, as love for family comes before all else.
“My brother, and yours, though you may wish he were not. I never shall be found to be his traitor.”– (lines 45-46, p. 23)
Antigone
Situation: Antigone asks for Ismene’s help in burying Polyneices’ body despite Creon’s decree.
Significance: The quotation above emphasizes the difference between Ismene and Antigone. It also showcases an important theme of love for family verses love of state.
“The man who is well-minded to the state from me in death and life shall have his honor.”– (Lines 209-210, p. 28)
Creon
Situation: Creon tells the chorus of his new law regarding the brothers and justifies his actions through his beliefs.
In this quote, the reader discovers Creon’s dedication and love for the state versus Antigone who acts as his opposite. It also introduces the idea and argument of what is honor, and how is it achieved in life and death. Creon’s soul is attached to the state opposed to religion.
“What are you saying? What man has dared to do it?” — (line 248, p 30)
Creon
Situation: Guard has arrived ; given brief summary of what (Antigone) has just done w “the corpse” (Poly)
Sig.: Showcases a little of Creon’s ego and his patriarchal mentality (the role of women)
“Lord, while he spoke, my mind kept on debating. / Isn’t this action possibly a god’s?” — (lines 278-279, p 31)
Chorus Leader
Situation: just after the Guard explained to Creon that someone had buried Poly & he was chosen to bring the message
Sig.: Chorus Leader’s doubt in Creon ; that it’s possible Antigone is right in that burial is what the gods want > they’re unhappy w Creon now (Divine Law vs human law); “divine intervention”
“The doer hurts your mind. I hurt your ears.” — (line 319, pg 32)
Guard
Situation: After the Guard has told Creon what has happened with Poly’s body and has been read the riot act about how the “wicked men” around him are only out for money and not the best interest of the state. He is accused of committing this treacherous crime and is attempting to defend himself.
Sig.: “The doer” is hurting Creon’s mind because it makes him angry and frustrated that someone would act against his rule. The Guard hurts Creon’s ears by delivering the bad news about Poly’s body, and all together it shows Creon’s short temper and how much he differs from the character introduced in Oedipus the King.
“Nor did I think your orders were so strong that you, a mortal man, could overrun the gods’ unwritten and unfailing laws.” (lines 453-455, pg 37)
Speaker: Antigone
Situation: Creon confronted Antigone about burying her brother. She confessed that it was her and is explaining why she disobeyed Creon.
Significance: This quote represents the theme of divine law vs human law. Antigone is saying that if it was a God that ordered her not to bury him, than she wouldn’t have done it. However, since Creon is human he has no control over what she does, especially if it’s what the Gods want. ; Antigone showing fearlessness; insult to immortality of kings
“This girl was expert in her insolence when she broke bounds beyond established law. Once she had done it, insolence the second, to boast ” (lines 479-485, p. 38)
Creon
Sit.: Creon talking w Chorus Leader (and antigone) about Antigone’s treason and her punishment..& Ismene’s help in it
Sig.: Shows Creon’s insecurity as ruler and man (like Antigone is threatening his masculinity by going against his word; Never addresses Antigone by name
“Then go down there, if you must love, and love the dead. No woman rules me where I live.” (line 525, pg 40)
Speaker: Creon
Situation: Antigone is defending her dead brother, and explaining why she buried him. Creon is referring to Polyneices as an enemy and expressing his hatred for him, and Antigone expresses love. Within their argument, he states that she can believe whatever she wants but a woman can’t rule him.
Significance: This also represents women in society. Creon is stating that men are superior to women. It is as if, Creon is just being stubborn because a woman is the one arguing against him. He is being sexist instead of rational.
“Oh, there are other furrows for his plough.” (line 569, pg 42)
Speaker: Creon
Situation: Ismene is questioning whether Creon would kill the bride of his son. He responds saying that there are other women that can give him children.
Significance: This strongly shows how women in society are viewed. Creon has identified Antigone’s purpose in life to just supplying babies for men. He is saying that this is all women are good for, and that Haemon can find that in any woman. Shows Creon’s insecurity, and his stubbornness.
“There is no greater wrong than disobedience. This ruins cities, this tears down our homes, this breaks the battlefront in panic-rout.” (lines 672-680, p. 46)
Creon
Sit.: Creon talking w Haemon; his law comes before all else even more so than divine law and justice
Sig.: Creon’s inferiority complex; Creon puts his laws above the gods; emphasizes patriarchy in that “women are weak” Creon as a ruler, what he values, and his societal view
“So, do not have one mind, and one alone that only your opinion can be right.” (line 705, pg 47)
Sit.: Haemon telling Creon he needs to be open to other people’s ideas and stop being stubborn/sexist (defending Anti)
Sig.: FORESHADOW; shows the wisdom within young people; Idea of emptiness and loneliness
“A loyal action, to respect disorder?”
“I wouldn’t urge respect for wickedness.”
“You don’t think she is sick with that disease?”
“Your fellow citizens maintain she’s not.”
…etc. 48/49 exchange
Haemon/Creon
Role of women in society! (That if you agree with a women, you are a slave to womankind); maybe Creon is afraid of women???
“Think of these things my son. All men may err, but error once committed, he’s no fool nor unsuccessful, who can change his mind and cure the trouble he has fallen in. Stubbornness and stupidity are twins.” (lines 1023-1028, p. 58)
Tei.
advising Creon abt how he has got to listen to other ppl and right his wrongs (abt putting human law above divine and killing Anti)
Stubbornness and stupidity are twins; two girls/daughters and two sons Ismene is stupidity, Antigone is stubbornness
“I also know this. And my mind is torn. To yield is dreadful. But to stand against him, and shatter my spirit is dreadful too.”
Creon
Situation: The chorus leader is telling Creon that Teresias’ prophecies have always been true (of Haemon dying). But Creon is stubborn and doesn’t want to admit he’s wrong
Creon acknowledges Teresias’ credibility, but he states that he doesn’t want to “yield” against him.
This is significant as it displays Creon’s hamartia of excessive pride
“O crimes of my wicked heart, harshness bringing death. You see the killer, you see the kin he killed. My planning was all unblest. Son, you have died too soon. Oh, you have gone away through my fault, not your own.”
Creon
Situation: The king sees his own son kill himself because of his doing. Creon now reflects on how he indirectly killed his son, Haemon, by entombing his niece and refusing to listen to anyone but himself about the decision.
Significance: This is where he finally owns up to his own mistakes instead of scolding others for their own. He refers to his heart as wicked, which is interesting because before the death of his son, it was the term that he called everyone else.
“Our happiness depends on wisdom all the way. The gods must have their due. Great words by men of pride bring greater blows upon them. So wisdom comes to the old.”
Chorus
Situation: Creon has now found out that his wife also killed herself, after learning of her son’s suicide. Chants are saying that in retrospect, he should’ve listened to the wise, like the chorus leaders, Teresias, and even his own son said.
Significance: This type of mentality contrasts with the previous, who had so much pride that he would refuse to take advice from his own son. maybe also safe -> grow old

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