In our characterizations, we clarify which functions the individual characters have and how they relate to each other within the narrative of Sophocles’ play Antigone. We work very closely with the text and carefully illustrate every statement with the help of appropriate quotes.
We thoroughly describe the determination and pride of the main character, Antigone, as well as her dedication and compassion. We portray in detail her transformation in the course of the play. Moreover, we characterize Antigone’s sister Ismene and look at the relationship between the sisters. The powerful and determined King Creon is known for his loyalty to his country but also for his cruelty. We examine his prejudice and self-righteousness, as well as his arrogance and conceit. When he finally comes to his senses, Creon feels guilty. By this time, however, it is already too late. He has argued with his son Haemon, who stands up for common sense and democracy. The desperate Haemon then commits suicide.
After portraying the main characters, we also look at other secondary characters: Tiresias, the old prophet, and Eurydice, as well as the watchman and the messenger. Finally, we offer a comprehensive description of the function of the Chorus.