Monday, November 14, 2011

Antigone - Sophocles

The play opens with the Oedipus prophesy coming to pass. His two sons have killed each other and Creon has refused to allow them a proper burial on punishment of death. Antigone, decides family fidelity comes before her duty to her kingdom and buries her brother anyway. Being caught in the act Creon decided she must die, but an added complication is that since she is the oldest remaining heir of Oedipus, Creon's son Haemon must marry her and prolong the lineage of her father. Creon decides to skip all that and entomb her in a cave where she will slowly starve to death...but she hangs herself and after Haemon discovers her body he kills himself.

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Henry V - William Shakespeare

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