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Antigone | Characters

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Character Description
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.
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