chapter  3
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The 'Antigone'

Sophocles to cope with a difficult situation. It is inevitable that Antigone should disappear, but it is not inevitable that solittle should be said in the Exodus about her, that her lover's corpse but not hers is brought back, that Creon should at such length lament his own fate, least ofall that Eurydice should be so unexpectedly introduced in order to kill herself immediately. Why Eurydice: Sophocles had no Elizabethan relish for corpses. She is relevant only to Creon. Clearly the close of the play is all Creon, deliberately so, for there is lessofAntigone than might have been. Sophocles is not even making the best of a bad job.