Antigone, Scene 2

In Scene 2, the Sentry describes a crucial event that we do not witness. To what does he compare Antigone when she discovers that Polyneices's corpse has been unburried? What emotion is evokedby this simile?

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The Sentry compares Anigone to a mother bird after she discovers her young stolen from her. The emotion evoked by this description is that of utter devastation.



And then we looked, and there was Antigone! I have seen a mother bird come back to a stripped nest, heard her crying bitterly a broken note or two for the young ones stolen, just so, when this girl found the bare corpse, and all her love's work wasted, she wept, and cried on heaven to damn the hands that had done this thing. And then she brought more dust and sprinkled wine three times for her brother's ghost. We ran and took her at once. She was not afraid, not even when we charged her with what she had done. She denied nothing.