In Antigone, what prophecy does Tiresias arrive to deliver? What is Creon's response to the prophecy? After Tiresias leaves, what does Creon decide to do? What story does the Messenger relate to Eurydice? What does Eurydice do in response? When Creon returns to the stage, what is he carrying? What news does the Messenger relate to Creon? The play ends with Creon on stage with what/whom surrounding him?

In Antigone, the prophecy that Tiresias arrives to deliver is that Creon will bring a curse upon Thebes if he does not bury Polynices and free Antigone. Creon accuses him of being a false prophet, but ultimately decides to heed his advice to please the public.

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In Sophocles's Antigone, Tiresias, the blind prophet, tells Creon that his treatment of Antigone and his failure to grant Polynices a proper burial will anger the gods and bring a curse down on the city of Thebes.

Prior to hearing Tiresias's prophecy, Creon agrees to obey whatever advice the soothsayer gives him. His attitude changes upon hearing the prophet's warnings, as he does not like what Tiresias has to say. Creon accuses Tiresias of being a self-serving, false prophet who is only interested in personal gain.

After Tiresias departs, Creon finds himself perturbed by Tiresias's words and decides to do whatever the citizens of Thebes think is best. The people urge him to release Antigone and bury Polynices. Although he does not want to, Creon leaves the stage with plans to obey the will of the public.

A messenger informs Eurydice that Creon and his men heard Haemon crying in Antigone's tomb as they were burying Polynices. In the tomb, they found Antigone dead, her lifeless body hanging from a noose. Grief-stricken over the death of his betrothed, Haemon tried to stab his father with his sword. He missed and turned the sword upon himself, committing suicide.

Upon hearing the news of her son's death, Eurydice is heartbroken and heads back to the palace, where she stabs herself and dies.

When Creon returns to the stage, he is carrying his son's dead body.

A messenger informs Creon that his wife is dead, having taken her own life out of grief over the death of their son. He tells Creon that just before she killed herself, Eurydice cursed her husband for his foolish pride.

The play concludes with Creon mourning the losses of his wife and son, while lamenting his pride and the choices he made which contributed to their deaths. He prays to the gods for a swift death just before his guards escort him back to the palace.

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