Orestes and Pylades arrive. Orestes says that he has come to Apollo's shrine to pledge himself to avenge his father's murder. Orestes, concealing his identity, talks with Electra about the recent happenings in Mycenae. She admits that she is sad that her brother had been taken away at such a young age and the only person that would recognize him would be her father's old servant. She also discusses her scorn of Aegisthus desecrating the monument over Agamemnon's grave and his ridicule of Orestes.
This conflict is the meaning of the entire play. First it all starts off when Antigone’s brother, Polynices, goes to fight with the kingdom of Argos. Thebes which was his homeland had a law made by Creon that prohibited any traitor be given a funeral. Eteocles who was another brother of her was given the greatest funeral when he died I the battle himself. She was determined to find his body and give him a burial.
In the Oedipus at Colonus, there are three major themes of the play, prophecy, guilt and death. Each of them is part of how Oedipus’ life plays out. The prophecy told that he was the killer of his own father and married his mother, and how the guilt, he had for committing these acts, by gouging out his own eyes; and how after his family disowned him then wanting him to help them knowing that whoever was on Oedipus’ side would win the war. Also where Oedipus’ body should be laid to rest after his death. What is a prophecy you ask?
Antigone is enraged over the fact that Creon (Antigone’s uncle and the new king) has buried Eteocles with military honors but has left Polyneices to rot. Creon has declared that any person who buries Polyneices will be killed, but Antigone doesn’t care. Antigone is driven to bury her brother and she wants her sister’s help. “Ismene, I am going to bury him. Will you come?”(pg.750 line 30).
Antigone Antigone and Ismene are sisters. They have two brothers who just killed each other and both died. Creon, whos very powerful, honored one and dishonored the other. The dishonored brother being left outside, unburied, and prohibited anyone to cry or sympathetic on the dead body. Antigone who came from a loyal family could not stand to see her brother died unburied, so she asked her sister to go with her to steal and bury the brother-body.
Play Analysis of Antigone The play begins in front of the palace where Ismene and Antigonê are discussing the death of their brothers Eteocles and Polyneices. Antigonê feels strongly about burying Polyneices although her uncle, Creon, has forbade it. King Creon has delivered an edict stating whoever buries Polyneices, a traitor to Thebes, would be stoned to death. This initial incident is the beginning of Creon's hubris. Shortly after he makes this statement, it is discovered that Polyneices had, indeed, been buried.
So therefore, Eteocles gets mad and attacks Thebes (Sophocles). In the after math of all of the chaos, both brothers end up dying. Antigone’s uncle, Creon, announces that Polyneices not to be allowed proper burial services. Not caring what her uncle says, Antigone proceeds to bury her brother (“Antigone”). Antigone asks her sister Ismene for help with the burial of her brother.
Antigone's fate was to die trying to honor her dead brother and be loyal her family. In the first paragraph of the play it reads, "My darling sister Ismene, we have had a fine inheritance from Oedipus. God has gone through the whole range of sufferings and piled them all on us, -grief upon grief, humiliation upon humiliation". This tells just how bad fate had treated the family of Oedipus. Creon's fate though was to lose all of his family and live the rest of his life knowing it was his entire fault.
Much to his surprise, however, Oedipus learns that the man he killed long ago is Laius, his father, and that Oedipus’ wife, Jocasta, is his mother, all in accordance with the prophecy that he had heard long before. After coming to this realization as well, Jocasta commits suicide. Oedipus gouges out his eyes after this episode and laments his birth. Although Oedipus strives to be a fair and just king by seeking Laius’ murderer, he is often not fair to his people. Also, by lamenting his birth, Oedipus blames whoever saved him for the pain he experiences.
The main characters introduced in the play are of Antigone, Ismene, Creon, and Haemon. The primary focus was centered on Antigone and the consequences she faces after breaking the King's orders. In the beginning, the author introduced Antigone and her sister, Ismene, and their argument about their recently deceased brother. The argument involved Antigone wanting to bury her brother and Ismene encouraging her to obey the King's orders. Antigone ignored her sister's advice and chose to disobey the King by burying her brother.