Antigone – Scene 5 Questions
Creon tells everyone to leave Antigone alone “to perish . . . or if she live, to make her tomb her tenement.” Is there a chance she would survive? Does he have any hesitations about his decision?
she doesnt have a chance of surviving. creon doesnt have any hesitations.
What does Antigone mean when she says that Persephone has already counted many of Antigone’s kin?
she means that a lot of her family is already dead in the underworld.
Does Antigone have any doubts as to whether or not she has done the right thing? Did she fully realize that she would be killed for burying her brother?
she doesnt have any doubts. she knew that she was going to be killed.
After Antigone exists with the Guards to go to her death, why does the Chorus comment on Danae? Perseus? The sons of Phineus? What is the Chorus’ tone toward Fate and the Destinies?
its showing parallel of others who were being imprisoned and stoned.
Explain the connection with Perseus?
he was also locked up in a chest and he was thrown into the sea.
Who is Tiresias?
a blind prophet. hes a seer who has visions that he expresses
Why is Tiresias “Led by a boy”? Does Creon trust Tiresias? Does Sophocles present Tiresias as a trust worthy character?
hes led by a boy because hes blind. creon doesnt trust him. he does present him as a trust worthy person.
What Omen did Tiresias observe? What does he advise Creon to do?
he saw the birds attacking and killing each other and when he placed a sacrifice on the table, he tried to light it, but it didnt light, it was just disintegrating by itself. he advises creon to free antigone.
Is Creon angry with Tiresias? How can you tell? What does Creon accuse Tiresias of doing?
he is mad at him becuase hes telling him rude words. he accuses tiresias as a briber and a trader.
Why does Tiresias refer to the passage of days as “turns of the sun’s chariot-wheel”? What does he mean when he says that Creon will pay “from thy own loins”?
apolo rides/pulls the chariot to make it day and night. he refers to it for the changing of days.
How do you think Tiresias feels about Creon? What does Tiresias mean when he says “let him vent his spleen on younger men”?
he doesnt like or respect creon. he means that younger men follow him, but older men have more wisdom and dont follow him.
Where is Creon going? Why has Creon changed his mind after listening to Tieresias?
hes going to free antigone. he changed his mind because he doesnt want the gods to punish him. “corpse for corpse”.
What is the tone of the Chorus, after Creon goes to free Antigone?
sad and depressing
What news does the messenger bring? How does this change the mood of the play?
he says that haemon is dead, and that he killed himself.
How does the audience learn what happened to Polynieces’ body?
couse they tried to kill antigone.
Why did Haemon try to kill his father?
he tired to kill him because when he opened the vault, antigone was dead.
What does Choragas mean when he remark’s on Eurydice’s silence saying “. . . but on me weigh heavily both silence over-much and loud complaint in vain”?
antigone’s silence was worth her saying/complaining about it.
Why did not Eurdice communicate with her husband before killing herself?
she was so upset with what had happened to him. she blames him for what had happened.
Does anyone blame Creon for the incidents that unfolded (Haemon’s death and Eurydice’s death)? Does Creon blame himself? Does he feel the same degree of sorrow for both his son and his wife?
everyone blames creon for the incidents. creon does blame himself. i think he does feel the same amount of sorrow.
Is Sophocles sympathy more with Creon or Antigone?