Ch 4: Antigone Play Summary

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The Antigone Play Summary chapter of this Antigone Study Guide course is the most efficient way to study the summary of the play Antigone. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus includes lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you understand the essential concepts from the Antigone play summary.

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  • Watch each video in the chapter to review all key topics.
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Students Will Review:

This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about the play Antigone for a standard literature course. Topics covered include:

  • Summary of the prologue, Parados, climax, Exodus and death scene
  • Analysis and synopsis of scenes 1-5
  • Notable quotes throughout the play

11 Lessons in Chapter 4: Antigone Play Summary
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Prologue of Antigone (Lines 1-100): Summary & Analysis

1. Prologue of Antigone (Lines 1-100): Summary & Analysis

In the prologue to Sophocles' ''Antigone'', Oedipus's daughters Antigone and Ismene mourn the deaths of their two brothers. The sisters disagree for several reasons about whether or not they should comply with sacred laws or the orders of the king.

The Parados in Antigone (Lines 101-163): Summary & Analysis

2. The Parados in Antigone (Lines 101-163): Summary & Analysis

This lesson will expound on the content and purpose of the parados in ''Antigone'' by Sophocles. Learn what a parados is, what information we learn from this one in particular, and why it is important to the story.

Antigone Scene 1 (Lines 164-382): Summary & Analysis

3. Antigone Scene 1 (Lines 164-382): Summary & Analysis

In this scene from Sophocles' 'Antigone,' we meet Creon, who rules Thebes. Even the Theban elders in the Chorus seem afraid of Creon, who quickly becomes infuriated when he learns someone has tried to bury his nephew Polynices.

Antigone Scene 2 (Lines 383-630): Summary & Analysis

4. Antigone Scene 2 (Lines 383-630): Summary & Analysis

Antigone is now a captive and learns the punishment Creon proposes for her attempt to bury her brother. Despite pleas on Antigone's behalf from her sister and fiance, Creon is steadfast in his resolve to prevent the burial, as we'll discover in this scene from Sophocles's ''Antigone''.

Antigone Scene 3 (Lines 631-883): Summary & Analysis

5. Antigone Scene 3 (Lines 631-883): Summary & Analysis

The third scene of Sophocles' 'Antigone' centers on Creon and his son Haimon. Although his father plans to have his son's fiance Antigone killed, Haimon hopes to discuss the situation with Creon. During their conversation, Creon reveals his attitudes not only about Antigone but also about women in general and his own power as king.

Antigone Scene 4 (Lines 884-987): Summary & Analysis

6. Antigone Scene 4 (Lines 884-987): Summary & Analysis

In the fourth scene of Sophocles's 'Antigone,' Antigone moves closer to the tomb where she will die. She reflects on the curses of her life and the sadness she confronts in dying alone.

Antigone Scene 5 (Lines 988-1153): Summary & Analysis

7. Antigone Scene 5 (Lines 988-1153): Summary & Analysis

Creon meets with the prophet Teiresias in the fifth scene of Sophocles's ''Antigone'. Although a highly esteemed clairvoyant, Teiresias has trouble convincing Creon to accept a prophecy about Creon's treatment of Antigone and her brother's unburied corpse.

Antigone Exodus (Lines 1154-1353): Summary & Analysis

8. Antigone Exodus (Lines 1154-1353): Summary & Analysis

In the final scene of Sophocles's 'Antigone', we learn about additional tragedies in Thebes. These new tragedies force Creon to reflect on his behavior and the reasons for the decisions he has made.

Antigone Climax: Summary & Analysis

9. Antigone Climax: Summary & Analysis

Readers love drama. For many, the more drama in a story, the better. In this lesson, we'll analyze the climax of the play ''Antigone'' and see how this literary device creates tension and drama that keeps the reader wanting more.

Antigone Death Scene: Quotes & Analysis

10. Antigone Death Scene: Quotes & Analysis

In Antigone by Sophocles, we are witness to tragedies that stem from Creon's decisions. We see the strength of character Antigone demonstrates when she chooses death over a violation of her principles.

Important Quotes in Antigone

11. Important Quotes in Antigone

There is much to be learned in the reading of ''Antigone''. We can consider the concept of fate and free will, power, and the role of women as we look at the story of a woman who chose to disobey convention to do what she believed was right.

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