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In Antigone, what does Teiresias predict will happen to Creon and what mistakes does...

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iluvdance06 | Student, Grade 10

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In Antigone, what does Teiresias predict will happen to Creon and what mistakes does Teiresias say Creon has made?

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Susan Hurn | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 8, 2009 at 1:15 PM (Answer #1)

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In Scene 5 of the play, Teiresias tries to warn Creon and save him from destruction. Teiresias tells Creon, "You stand once more on the edge of fate." Teiresias tells Creon that he has made a mistake in not allowing the body of Polyneices to be buried, that this act has separated them from the gods: "The gods are deaf when we pray to them, their fire / Recoils from our offering, their birds of omen / Have no cry of comfort." Teiresias urges Creon to acknowledge his mistake and bury Polyneices: "Do not fight with a corpse." He also tells Creon that his punishment of Antigone is another mistake that angers the gods; he must free her.

When Creon rejects Teiresias' advice and accuses him of being corrupt, the prophet shows Creon his future: " . . . you shall pay back / Corpse for corpse, flesh of your own flesh." Teiresias says that the Furies and the "dark gods of hell" will punish him. His house will be filled with weeping, war will ensue, and curses will be heaped upon Creon by many. Creon takes Teiresias' words to heart, saying "I will not fight with destiny."

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