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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