Antigone Quotes

I have longerto please the dead than please the living here:in the kingdom down below I’ll lie forever. (88-89) Speaker: AntigoneTo Whom: IsmeneSignificance: she is saying that she’d rather please the dead because it’s more important cuz she will be dead longer than she is alive (divine/human laws and death rituals)
I will suffernothing as great as death without glory (112-113) Speaker: AntigoneTo: IsmeneSignificance: Antigone can’t stand the idea of dying without honoring her brother and feels it would be the worst thing she could possibly suffer
And speech and thought, quick as the windand the mood and mind for law that rules the city-all these he has taught himself and shelter from the arrows of the frostwhen there’s rough lodging under the cold clear sky and the shafts of lashing rain-ready, resourceful man! (396-405)…… Speaker: ChorusTo: AudienceSignificance: death is the ultimate downfall of humankind, especially men of power*
Now look at the two of us, left alone…think what a death we’ll die, the worst of allif we violate the laws and override the fixed decree of the throne, its powerwe must be sensible. Remember we are women, we’re not born to contend with men. Then too, we’re underlings, ruled by much stronger hands, so we must submit in this, and things are still worse. (70-77) Speaker: IsmeneListener: AntigoneSignificance: she is saying they are women and they don’t have the power to override the rule of man so she should think about what she is planning to do because it could end badly
Blest, they are truly blest who all their liveshave never tasted devastation. For others, oncethe gods have rocked a house to its foundationsthe ruin will never cease, cresting on and onfrom one gerneration on throughout the race–like a great mounting tidedriven on by savage northern gales,surging over the dead black deaths oiling up from the bottom dark heaves of sandand the headlands, taking the storm’s onslaught full-force, roar, and the low moaning(656-666) Speaker: ChorusTo: AudienceSignificance: fate seems to have a thing for the descendants of Oedipus– look on packet more
So I rate him now, I always have. And whoever places a friend above the good of his own country, he is nothing: I have no use for him. Zeus my witness, Zeus who sees all things, alwaysI could never stand by silent, watching destructionmarch against our city, putting safety to rout, nor could I ever make that man a friend of mine who menaces our country. (203-210) Speaker: CreonListener: LeaderSignificance: he is defending his reason for why Polynices will not be buried by saying he was a threat to this city and even though it’s his birth place he shall not be buried
Spit her out,like a mortal enemy-let the girl go,let her find a husband down among the dead. (729-731) Speaker:CreonListener: HaemonSignificance: he is telling Haemon to forget about Antigone because she is now the enemy and she can find a husband in the underworld when she dies
Anarchy!- show me a greater crime in all the earth!(751-752) Speaker: CreonListener: HaemonSignificance: Haemon had tried to give him advice to reconsider Antigone’s fate, and Creon was angered and believed that reconsidering would invite anarchy and endanger the state
Am I to rule this land for others–or myself? (823) Speaker: CreonListener:HaemonSignificance: If Creon rules for himself only, not for the people, then how can he claim that his laws are just? This truly shows the corruption of Creon– he thinks he owns the city and is all powerful leader
What a splendid king you’d make of a desert island- you and you alone. (826) Speaker: HaemonListener: CreonSignificance: He is saying that Creon only wants to rule for himself so he would be a splendid king of a desert island (sarcasm) because there would be no people to get in the way
Whoever thinks that he alone possesses intelligence, the gift of eloquence, he and no one else,and character too…such men, I tell you,spread them open and you will find them empty.(791-794) Speaker: HaemonListener: Creon Significance: he is saying Creon is being dumb for thinking he is perfect-A person who thinks he is the only one who thinks he is right, if you open them up- they are nothing, they don’t have any depth (incapable of other feelings)
Dear god, shout it form the rooftops. I’ll hate you all the more for silence — tell the world! (100-101) Speaker: AntigoneListener: IsmeneSignificance: Antigone wants to proclaim to the world what she is doing, because she strongly believes that what she is doing to honor her brother and please the gods and she wants everyone to know, unlike Ismene who would rather do the deed quietly and be done with it without the risk.- is this a fatal flaw of Antigones or must it really be done?
Like father like daughter, passionate, wild…she hasn’t learned to bend before adversity (527-529) Speaker: Leader Listener: Creon Significance: leader is saying that Antigone is acting like her father would have, stubborn
My king, ever since he began I’ve been debating in my mind, could this possibly be the work of the gods? (314-316) Speaker: LeaderListener: Creon Significance: The people are wondering if the gods were behind this act that buried Polynices because nobody saw him get buried and they didn’t think anyone would disobey the king. The people are also very religious and know that the gods want them to do the burial rituals, but they are too afraid of what Creon will do if they disobeyed him
When he weaves in the laws of the land, and the justice of the godsthat binds his oaths togetherhe and his city rise highbut the city casts outthat man who weds himself to inhumanitythanks to reckless daring. Never share my hearthnever think my thoughts, whoever does such things. (410-415) Speaker: chorus Listener: AudienceSignificance: The Chorus is discussing about the perfect world they could have, if Creon wasn’t their leader. They are dissing Creon
Of course i did. It wasn’t Zeus, not in the least,who made this proclamation not to me. Nor did that Justice, dwelling with the godsbeneath the earth, ordain such laws for men. Nor did i think your edict had such forcethat you, a mere mortal, could override the gods, the great unwritten, unshakable traditions. (500-507) Speaker: AntigoneListener: Creon/LeaderSignificance: Divine versus Human laws, she is saying that Creon doesn’t have the power to override the laws, and he’s crazy for thinking that Zeus would want this law and want it enforced
You went too far, the last limits of daring-smashing against the high throne of Justice!Your life’s in ruins, child- I wonder…do you pay for your father’s terrible ordeal?(943-946) Speaker: Chorus Listener: AntigoneSignificance: it’s discussing the fact that maybe Antigone is just doomed because of her family, that they have unlucky fate
But if these men are wrong, let them suffernothing worse than they mete out to me-these masters of injustice!(1019-1021) Speaker: AntigoneListener: Leader/CreonSignificance: she is saying that Creon and the leader should suffer as she is suffering if the gods agree that they are defying their laws (divine vs human laws)
Still the same rough winds, the wild passionraging through the girl.(1022-1023) Speaker: LeaderListener: Creon (/Antigone)Significance: talking about about how passionate Antigone is and how her roughness and hastiness is hinting at her hamartia
Then reflect, my son; you are poised,once more, on the razor-edge of fate.(1099-1100) Speaker: TiresiasListener: CreonSignificance: he is on the verge of telling Creon his awful fate, however unlike Oedipus Creon has the chance to make his better
This girl was an old hand at insolencewhen she overrode the edicts we made public.But once she’d done it the insolencetwice over to glory in it, laughing, mocking us to our face with what she’d done. I’m no the man, not now: she is the manif this victory goes to her and she goes free. (537-543) Speaker: CreonListener: LeaderSignificance: Gender roles! She is being the man in this situation and that is not okay with Creon, he will not let her be the man and win. He is the man, he has to be- he has a need to be the alpha and keep his pride high
These Citizens here would all agree, they’d praise me too (564-565) Speaker: AntigoneListener: the chorusSignificance: she is saying that everyone else is too scared of Creon to do what they think is right
Father, I’m your son … you in your wisdomset my bearings for me I obey you.No marriage could ever mean more to me than you, (710-712) Speaker: HaemonListener: CreonSignificance: He is saying how he loves Creon and isn’t letting his marriage get in the way of their relationship. However, he wants to help his father and advise him to reconsider for the good of everyone
Tiresias: You have already, calling my prophecies a lie. Creon: Why not?You and the whole breed of seers are mad for money!Tiresias: And the whole race of tyrants lists to rake it in. Creon: This slander of yoursare you aware you’re speaking to the king? (1171-1175) Speaker: Tiresias/CreonListener: Tiresias/CreonSignificance: the blind seer can see better what is happening then Creon. He is trying to advise Creon but all Creon thinks is about himself and that once again if something is going wrong it is because somebody is out for him or just wants money.
If a man could wail his own dirge before he dies,he’d never finish.(970-971) Speaker: CreonListener: AntigoneSignificance: dirge= funeral march, Creon is being annoyed at Antigone for wailing about how she is going to die
I go to wed the lord of the dark waters (908) Speaker:AntigoneListener: ChorusSignificance: She is accepting her death and the fact that she will not marry before she dies
These arrows for your heart! Since you’ve raked me I loose them like an archer in my angerarrows deadly ture. You’ll never escape theirburning, searing force.(1206-1209) Speaker: Tiresias Listener: CreonSignificance: Tiresias is basically saying that all of this bad news (the gods and the Furies will soon take the life of his son for burying Antigone alive) he delivered will come true, especially since Creon rudely accused him of bribery and false prophecy after he had tried to help him. Creon ruined his chance to fix his fate
Take me away, quickly, out of sight.I don’t even exist-I’m one. Nothing.(1445-1446) Speaker: Creon Listener: LeaderSignificance: Creon realizes that without his family, he is nothing (his fate is like Oedipus’s– their stubbornness to fulfill a fate results in the suicide of their loved ones)he evokes pity– Tragic hero?
The mighty words of the proud are paid in fullwith mighty blows of fate, and at long lastthose blows will teach us wisdom. (1468-1470) Speaker: ChorusListener: AudienceSignificance: Creon got his comeuppance (the proud are laid low by fate) and with mistakes and suffering comes wisdom
Love, you mock us for your sport. (894) Speaker:ChorusListener: AudienceSignificance: the force of love is so strong and powerful that it caused Haemon to kill himself and for him and his father to fight and just all the major problems love causes, humans are never really in control, the gods are.

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