Antigone (The Oedipus Plays) | Study Guide

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The Chorus calls upon Dionysus, son of Zeus and protector of Thebes, to heal and protect their city.

Analysis

The Chorus is relieved that Creon has reversed course, and they sing their joy in an ode to the god Dionysus, who rules both their city and their revelry. Their excitement reflects the way that worshipers of Dionysus would work themselves into states of frenzy. Their reference to Eleusis and the Mysteries—a secret rite that promised a vision of what eternal life looked like—is also meant as hope that Antigone will be rescued from her fate. Of course, this being a tragedy, the audience knows that more sacrifice is to come and that it is too soon to give thanks and celebrate.

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