Study Guide

Antigone Three Act Plot Analysis

By Sophocles

Three Act Plot Analysis

Act I

Antigone learns that her brothers are dead and that Polyneices is unburied. She asks Ismene to break the law with her and bury him. When Ismene refuses, she goes it alone.

Act II

Antigone successfully buries her brother but is caught. Antigone refuses to allow Ismene to accept any blame for the crime she did not commit. Antigone challenges Creon’s moral authority and he sentences her to death.


Antigone is locked away. Haemon, Teiresias, and the Chorus plead with Creon to spare her. Creon grudgingly agrees to let her off, but discovers that she has killed herself. Her fiancé (Haemon) and Creon’s wife commit suicide as well. Creon is in despair—sucks to be Creon.