Antigone (The Oedipus Plays) | Study Guide

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Stasimon 5

Professor Bradley Greenburg of Northeastern Illinois University provides an in-depth summary and analysis of Stasimon 5 of Sophocles's play Antigone.

Antigone (The Oedipus Plays) | Stasimon 5 | Summary

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Summary

The Chorus sings an ode praising the god Dionysus, the son of Zeus and the protector of Thebes. The Chorus calls upon Dionysus to heal and protect their city, whose citizens dance all night in his honor.

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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