Quote: "Now you can prove what you are: / A true sister, or a traitor to your family." (Prologue, 26-27).
Analysis: Antigone calls out her sister, informing her that she's either for her or against her.
Quote: "When the laws are kept, how proudly his city stands! / When the laws are broken, what of his city then? / Never may the anarchic man find rest at my hearth, / Never be it said that my thoughts are his thoughts." (Ode 1, lines 21-24).
Analysis: The chorus fulfills one of its roles by declaring an important Thebean value, in this example, obedience to the law. This statement can be interpreted in two ways: (1) the chorus agrees with Creon and calls for the death of the individual who buried Polyneices; (2) the chorus condemns Creon for his anarchic treatment of the gods' laws.
Quote: "I have seen / A mother bird come back to her stripped nest, heard / her crying bitterly a broken note or two / For the young ones stolen. Just so, when this girl / Found the bare corpse, and all her love's work wasted, / She wept, and cried on heaven to damn the hands that had done this thing." (Scene 2, lines 35-41).
Analysis: The sentry uses a simile to describe Antigone's anguish upon finding her work undone. If Antigone has already put a layer of dirt over the dead body and performed the burial rights, then why does she need to come back? Would the unburying of the body nullify her work? Does she have another reason for returning like wishing to be caught? Who is qualified and authorized to perform these burial rights? Can any random person do it?