What are examples of dramatic irony in Antigone, particularly from the beginning of the play?
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In Antigone, dramatic irony is used when the sentry comes to tell Creon that the body of Polyneices has been given a light burial. Creon has ordered that the body be watched by the guards so that no one would be able to bury the body. However, the audience knows that Antigone has planned to give her brother's body a burial based on the conversation that she has with her sister Ismene at the beginning of the play. When the sentry reports the burial, the audience knows that Antigone is responsible for the burial, but Creon does not know who has buried the body. He assumes that the sentries are behind the burial and he threatens them with punishment if they do not find out who is responsible. Because the audience is knowledgeable about something that the characters are not, this is an example of dramatic irony.
Antigone is engaged to marry her first cousin, Haemon, and her uncle, Creon, who is Haemon's father, is sentencing Antigone to death. Antigone's future father in law is the one guilty of destroying their relationship.
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