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Antigone

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    Antigone was a total rebel. The best kind, too. She'd always do what was right—no matter what. When her brothers, Polyneices and Eteocles, killed each other fighting over the throne of Thebes, her uncle Creon declared that Eteocles would be buried with all the proper rites, while Polyneices would be left for the dogs and buzzards (um... gross). Antigone wasn't going to have that, though. She buried Polyneices, even though it meant her death. How did Antigone get so tough? We're guessing that spending her formative years in exile guiding her blind dad/brother Oedipus around might've had something to do with it. However you shake it, Antigone was one tough girl.

    Basic Information

    Name

    Antigone

    Nickname

    Rebel Girl, Tough Chick

    Sex

    Female

    Current city

    Elysium

    Work & Education

    Occupation

    Heroine
    Princess of Thebes
    Rebel

    Education

    The Fates' School of Hard Knocks

    Beliefs

    Political views

    Personal morality above all

    Family & Friends (& Enemies)

    Parents

    Oedipus (my Dad, who was also my half-brother… yeah)
    Jocasta (my Mom, who was also my grandma… again, it's a long story)

    Siblings

    Ismene (my weak-willed sister)
    Eteocles (my bonehead brother who wouldn't share the throne of Thebes like he promised)
    Polyneices (my other bonehead brother who died trying to take the throne and who I died trying to bury)

    Friends

    Ismene (although she seriously ticked me off when she didn't want to help bury Eteocles)
    Haemon (my beloved fiancé who I never got a chance to marry)

    Enemies

    Creon (my uncle/great uncle, who buried me alive when I insisted on burying my brother)

    Relationships

    Relationship status

    Was engaged to Haemon

    Interested in

    A nice, peaceful relationship

    Favorites

    TV Shows

    The Rachel Maddow Show  
    The Walking Dead  
    The Closer 

    Quotations

    “Rebellion against tyrants is obedience to God.”
    – Benjamin Franklin

    “It is generally a feminine eye that first detects the moral deficiencies hidden under the 'dear deceit' of beauty.”
    – T.S. Eliot

    “Our freedom of speech is freedom or death.
    We got to fight the powers that be.
    Lemme hear you say,
    Fight the power.”
    – Public Enemy

    “You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind.”
    – Mahatma Gandhi

    “I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.”
    – Thomas Jefferson

    “She's a rebel.
    She's a saint.
    She's salt of the earth,
    And she's dangerous.”
    – Green Day

    Books

    The Awakening by Kate Chopin  
    Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky  
    Age of Iron by J.M. Coetzee  
    The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath  
    "Annabel Lee" by Edgar Allan Poe (I wish my sepulcher had been by the sea.) 
    "Bernice Bobs Her Hair" by F. Scott Fitzgerald  
    A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen (Yeah Nora! You walk out of that house.)
    The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston 
    "Daddy" by Sylvia Plath (I mean, it's kind of impossible for me to not have daddy issues, right?) 
    Antigone by Sophocles (Yeah, it pretty much went down like this.) 

    Music

    She's a Rebel by Green Day (She's a rebel and proud.)  
    Cruel by St. Vincent (Looking at you Creon.)  
    Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You) by Kelly Clarkson  
    So Far Away by A Place to Bury Strangers  
    How to Be a Heartbreaker by Marina and the Diamonds  
    That Wasn't Me by Brandi Carlile  
    Judy is a Punk by the Ramones 

    Movies

    Brave  
    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (I heart you, Lisbeth.)  
    Braveheart (If only Mel Gibson were like this in real life.)  
    The Hunger Games  
    The Whale Rider  
    V for Vendetta  
    Fried Green Tomatoes 

    Activities & Interests

    Likes

    Seeing eye dogs (I kind of was one for my dad.)
    Punk rock
    Sunscreen (Would've come in handy when Dad and I were wandering the wasteland…)

    Interests

    Feminism
    Anarchism

    Groups

    Heroines
    The Tragic Death Club
    Punk girls

    • Spotter's Guide

      You'll have to head down to the Underworld to have a chat with Antigone, but if you're up for the journey, you should totally go for it. From her days spent wandering the wilderness with her exiled dad/brother, Oedipus, to her time rebelling against her uncle/great uncle, Creon, Antigone has no shortage of crazy stories to tell. Don't let her reputation for being hard to get along with deter you, either. Antigone was just the kind of gal who always stood up for what she thought was right, no matter the consequences. Sure her stubbornness is what landed her in the Underworld, but it's also what makes her one cool young lady.

      Sex: Female
      Age: Late teens, early twenties
      Build: Slim
      Complexion: Tan, from wandering the wilderness
      Hair Color: Brown
      Facial Hair: None
      Scars/marks/tattoos: She hung herself, so that had to leave a mark.
      Jewelry and accessories: No, she was kind of a plain Jane.
      Clothing: The robes of a princess, but nothing too fancy
      Armor: None
      Type of Weapon: Will power

      Typical Companions:

      Oedipus (spent a lot of time guiding Dad around the wilderness until he died)

      Known Hangouts:

      Thebes
      The wilderness
      Elysium

    • Sightings

      Jan 1, 1970

      Seven Against Thebes by Aeschylus

      In this tragedy, Antigone and Ismene do a lot of weeping and wailing when their brothers, Poyneices and Eteocles, do each other in while duking it out over the throne of Thebes.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Antigone by Sophocles

      When Creon declares that Polyneices' body be left for the dogs, Antigone fights the power and buries her brother anyway in this most famous version of Antigone's story.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Oedipus the King by Sophocles

      Antigone doesn't have a lot to say in this tragedy, but it kicks off her years of wandering in the wilderness with her Dad.

      Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

      The Phoenician Women by Euripides

      Antigone tries to stop her bonehead brothers from killing each other in this tragedy.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Oedipus at Colonus by Sophocles

      In this tragedy, Antigone and a dying Oedipus end up in a suburb of Athens, where a fight over Oedipus' corpse ensues.

      Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 0099

      Fabulae by Hygenius

      This collection of myths includes an alternative version of Antigone's story, where she lives long enough to have a son by Haemon.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Antigone by Jean Anouilh

      This modern version of Sophocles' play was performed in Nazi-occupied Paris as a thinly-veiled protest against France's invaders.

      Dec 20, 1977

      The Island by Athol Fugard, John Kani, and Winston Ntshona

      This play was a protest against South African apartheid, and it tells the story of two African men who rehearse Sophocles' Antigone while imprisoned for fighting for the rights of their people.

      Dec 20, 2019

      These Seven Sicknesses by Sean Graney

      Antigone buries her brother in her wedding dress in this modernized marathon of all of Sophocles' extant plays.