Ismene, hoping to dissuade her sister: "I'm simply
powerless to act against this city's law."
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."
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."
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."
highlighting the plague on Oedipus' family: "For once a family is
cursed by God, disasters come like earthquake tremors, worse with each
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."
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
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."
realizing his mistake: ".by my stubbornness, oh my son, so young,
to die so young, and all because of me."
underscoring the theme of the play: "The greater your arrogance, the
heavier God's revenge."