Conflict- The main conflict in the play is between Antigone and Creon. Creon does not believe Polyneices should receive a proper burial for his effort in the war, while Antigone disagrees.
Antigone is the daughter of Oedipus and Jocasta, their relationship is told in another story, Oedipus. Due to a prophecy, Oedipus is sent away from his family when he is born, however when he returns a hero, his family is unaware of who he really is. He ends up having an affair with Queen Jocasta, who is actually his mother, and the two have a child, Antigone.
Antigone’s name is interpreted many different ways, but one common suggestion is ‘against man’, which makes since as she constantly defies masculine authority.
Antigone is one of the most famous Greek tragedies written by the famous author Sophocles sometime around 452 bc. Before the story begins two brothers Etocles and Polyneices are killed fighting on opposite sides of the Thebes' civil war. Following the war, Creon, the new ruler of Thebes chooses to honor Etocles for his efforts in the war, while shaming the dead body of Polyneices. Polyneices will not be granted the proper burial rights of the dead. When the play begins Antigone and Ismene, the two sisters of the brothers, discuss the treatment of Polyneices' body. Antigone desires to give him a proper burial but Ismene fears breaking Creon's rules at the possibility of receiving the death penalty. Antigone decides to go anyways to fetch her brother’s dead body leaving Ismene behind.
Following Antigone's actions Creon learns from a messenger that Polyneices has been buried. Creon is furious and he seeks out the perpetrator of the burial. Antigone is found and brought to Creon who is furious with her and threatens death; Creon also seeks out Ismene, as he believes she was involved. The two girls are imprisoned and await Creon's decision about what will be done with them. Following this Creon's son Haemon enters the stage and argues with his father about the fate of the girls. Haemon believes that Creon should let them go, as they were just grieving for their dead brother, yet Creon refuses and Haemon leaves vowing to never return.