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Antigone
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Antigone



Top Ten Quotes

1) Ismene, hoping to dissuade her sister: "I'm simply powerless to act against this city's law."

2) Antigone, defending her decision: "I intend to give my brother burial. I'll be glad to die in the attempt,-- if it's a crime, then it's a crime that God commands."

3) Chorus, here siding with Creon: "God and the government ordain just laws; the citizen who rules his life by them is worthy of acclaim. But he that presumes to set the law at naught is like a stateless person, outlawed, beyond the pale."

4) Antigone, speaking to Creon: "Isn't a man's right to burial decreed by divine justice? I don't consider your pronouncements so important that they can just.overrule the unwritten laws of heaven."

5) Chorus, highlighting the plague on Oedipus' family: "For once a family is cursed by God, disasters come like earthquake tremors, worse with each succeeding generation."

6) Chorus, sensing Antigone's future: "Look now at the last sunlight that sustains the one surviving root of Oedipus' tree,-- the sword of death is drawn to hack it down."

7) Teiresias, seeing the future and confronting Creon: "These signs portend evil for Thebes; and the trouble stems from your policy. Why? Because our altars are polluted by flesh brought be dogs and birds, picking from Polynices' corpse. Small wonder that the gods won't accept our sacrifices."

8) Creon, reversing his decision: "Can't fight against what's destined.I must personally undo what I have done. I shouldn't have tried being unorthodox. I'll stick by the established laws in the future."

9) Creon, realizing his mistake: ".by my stubbornness, oh my son, so young, to die so young, and all because of me."

10) Chorus, underscoring the theme of the play: "The greater your arrogance, the heavier God's revenge."

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