Antigone’s Domino Effect
Nicolas Figuly Dianne Boone English II Pre-AP 4 December 2012 Antigone’s Domino Effect Antigone, daughter of Oedipus, is the carries the burden of Haemon’s, Eurydice’s, and her own death. The agony commenced when Antigone disobeyed the law which said to not bury Polyneices. Antigone is to be blamed because it starts when she buried a loved one, her brother. Antigone, deliberately disobeying the law placed by the king himself, Creon, buried her brother Polyneices. Antigone acted on purpose when Creon said, “And you dare defy the law,” and Antigone replied, “I dared” (1082).
Antigone’s response to Creon shows her awareness that she did something faulty. Antigone’s defiance resulted in Creon having his men put her in a stone vault to die or live, depending on God’s will. In this vault, Antigone “made a noose of her fine linen veil and hanged herself” (1104). If she had not hung herself, Death’s work could have been lessened by three lives. Antigone’s death is far more tragic than she could have imagined, seeing how it led to two other deaths the same day. Haemon, Antigone’s fiance, found her lying dead in the stone vault and he blamed his father, Creon.
Creon attempted to apologize to his son, “but Haemon spat in his face. He said not a word” (1104). Haemon then charged his father with his sword, missed, and then, “desperate against himself, drove it half length its length into his own side” (1104). Antigone would have avoided had she not defied the law and had Creon not sentence her to death in the vault. Haemon was deeply influenced by his love towards Antigone—a love held accountable for Haemon’s passionate submission into the hands of Death.
Now like the married couples who share things, they shared death. After Queen Eurydice, Haemon’s mother, received the news of her son, became hopelessly depressed as she now realized all of her sons had been taken from her. Eurydice retreated into the palace where her heart would, “welcome the knife her own hand guided,” (1106). Eurydice did this to be with her sons, as she too blamed Creon for her sons’ deaths. In her time of departure, her last words were: “a curse for their father, the murder of her sons” (1106).
Eurydice can blame Antigone for her last son’s life being taken because Haemon died to be with her, and so she took her life for her sons. Antigone purposefully broke Creon’s law, but inactively took his wife and last child, thus leaving him with the thought that he was the one to be burdened by all of it. By killing herself, she made a domino effect of two other deaths. Antigone is to be blamed, because it started with her burying a loved one, her brother. Checklist: * Rough Draft * Evidence of revision * Ratiocination * Final Draft