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Plot Overview The Chorus introduces the players Antigone is the girl who will rise up alone and die young Haemon Antigones dashing fianc chats with Ismene her beautiful sister Though one would have expected Haemon to go for Ismene he inexplicably proposed to Antigone on the night of a ball Creon is king of Thebes bound to the duties of rule Next to the sisters sits the Nurse and Queen Eurydice Eurydice will knit until the time comes for her to go to her room and die Finally three Guards play cards indifferent to the tragedy before them The Chorus recounts the events leading to Antigones tragedy Oedipus Antigone and Ismenes father had two sons Eteocles and Polynices Upon Oedipus death it was agreed that each would take the throne from one year to the next After the first year however Eteocles the elder refused to step down Polynices and six foreign princes marched on Thebes All were defeated The brothers killed each other in a duel making Creon king Creon ordered Eteocles buried in honor and left Polynices to rot on the pain of death It is dawn and the house is still asleep Antigone sneaks in and the Nurse appears and asks where she has been Suddenly Ismene enters also asking where Antigone has been Antigone sends the Nurse away for coffee Ismene declares that they cannot bury Polynices and that she must understand Creons intentions Antigone refuses and bids Ismene to go back to bed Suddenly Haemon enters and Antigone asks Haemon to hold her with all his strength She tells him that she will never be able to marry him Stupefied Haemon departs Ismene returns terrified that Antigone will attempt to bury Polynices despite the daylight Antigone reveals that she has already done so Later that day the nervous First Guard enters and informs Creon that someone covered Polynicess body with a little dirt last night
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