Antigone Questions (5-6)

5. What does Haemon contribute to the play? How valid are the arguments he makes to his father about Antigone?

6. What role does Teiresias play in this play? How does he contribute to a theme of the play?

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Haemon is the son of Creon and Eurydice and is engaged to be married to Antigone. In a dramatic dialogue with his father, Haemon defends the moral basis of Antigone's actions while warning his father that the people of Thebes sympathize with her determination to bury Polyneices. He and his father part in anger, as he simply asks his father to do what's right for Thebes, and his father stubbornly follows the path of least resistance. Haemon's devotion to Antigone is clear; at her death, he is so distraught that he tries to kill his father and then kills himself.



Teiresias, or Tiresias, is a blind prophet who warns Creon that the gods do not approve of his treatment of Polyneices' body or the punishment of Antigone. Creon insults Teiresias, believing that he's simply blackmailing him for money, but the prophet responds with a prophecy foretelling the death of one of Creon's children and a warning that all of Greece will despise the king if he does not relent. Creon realizes that Teiresias has never been wrong and that he must do his bidding. The prophet is an important part of Sophocles' vision: through Teiresias, the will of the gods is made known, and his very existence implies that there is a definite will of the gods that is far above the domain of man's law.



1. how would you relate the theme in the play to the characterization?

2. It would be noted that there is continuous antithesis between life in the palace and life in the ordinary living. What words are used to picture this? Prove your answer

3. Do you think the readers or the audience learned something from the main character? From the supporting character? Prove your answer