Antigone is very driven and determined. She is the sister of Polyneices. After finding out that her brother would not be buried, she went and illegally buried him. As this was against Creon’s wishes, she was sentenced to banishment and to be left to die. She is engaged to Haemon, Creon’s son. Her actions were the building blocks to the entire story. Every death was somehow centered around Antigone illegally burying her brother.
Creon is the ruler of Thebes. He is stubborn, selfish and arrogant. He believes everything he does is right and no one can rule a city better than him. He is the father of Haemon. He chose to not bury Polyneices and let his body rot and be eaten by animals. His decision caused Antigone to be put in a situation that sentences her to death. He does not realize until the very end of the story that his actions were wrong.
Sister of Anitgone and Polyneices. She backs down from Antigone’s plan to bury their brother. Once Antigone’s actions were noticed by Creon, Ismene wanted credit for the plan and she wanted to share the guilt. After much arguing, Antigone agrees to let her share the death sentence.
fiance to Antigone and son to Creon. Does not agree with the way his dad rules and thinks he should be more open-minded and listen to the people. Only appears twice in the play. Is always trying to do the right thing and wants the best for everyone. Once he finds out that Antigone was sentenced to death, he kills himself from grief.
appears as narrator and commentator. The Chorus frames the play with a prologue and epilogue. Appearing at the tragedy’s pivotal moments to comment on the action or the nature of tragedy itself. Along with playing narrator, the Chorus also attempts to intercede throughout the play, whether on the behalf of the Theban people or the horrified spectators.
Creon’s kind, knitting wife whose only function, as the Chorus declares, is to knit in her room until it is her time to die. Her suicide is Creon’s last punishment, leaving him entirely alone.
messenger to Creon