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|Antigone||Antigone is the idealistic younger daughter of Oedipus, the late king of Thebes, and the niece of Creon, the current king. Read More|
|Creon||Creon is the recently appointed king of Thebes, following the deaths in battle of his two warring nephews, Eteocles and Polynices. Read More|
|Chorus||The Chorus, played by one actor, serves as the audience's guide and also, later, as Creon's conscience. Read More|
|Ismene||Antigone's older sister, Ismene is afraid to defy Creon's prohibition against burying Polynices, although she eventually decides she will. Read More|
|Haemon||Haemon is Creon's son and is engaged to Antigone. Read More|
|Nurse||The nurse has been Antigone's primary caretaker since the girl's mother died. Read More|
|Private Jonas||The first guard, Private Jonas catches Antigone burying her brother and later guards her. Read More|
|Eteocles||Eteocles is Antigone's brother who died fighting his brother Polynices in single combat before the play begins; Creon gives him a state funeral, though he later confides that Eteocles was as much a villain as his brother.|
|Eurydice||Creon's wife, Eurydice has no speaking role and is only seen knitting; the Chorus says she is "a good woman, a worthy, loving soul. But she is no help to her husband." She commits suicide on learning of the deaths of Antigone and her son Haemon.|
|Messenger||At the beginning of the play, the Chorus tells us the messenger has had a "premonition of catastrophe." It will be his job at the end of the play to announce the grisly deaths of Antigone, Haemon, and Eurydice.|
|Oedipus||Oedipus, the king of Thebes whose tragic life and death are legendary, is Antigone's father. Creon sees his brother's "stubborn pride" in Antigone's defiance.|
|Page||The page is Creon's young assistant, still a child.|
|Polynices||Antigone's brother has died fighting his brother Eteocles in single combat before the play; he is considered a traitor for refusing to share the throne with his brother and inciting war, so Creon has left his body exposed outside the city walls.|
|Second Guard||Called Binns in some translations, the second guard shares duty with Jonas.|
|Third Guard||Called Snout in some translations, the third guard shares his duties with the other guards.|