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What happens to all the characters in Antigone?  

Several of the characters in Antigone meet tragic ends: Creon traps Antigone in a cave, and Antigone, Haemon, and Eurydice all commit suicide. Others, such as Creon, Ismene, and Tiresias, survive, and Creon continues to rule Thebes.

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Sophocles's classic play Antigone is considered a tragedy, where the main character suffers extreme sorrow and loss as a result of the protagonist's tragic flaw. Creon is considered the protagonist of Antigone, and his tragic flaw is his hubris, which significantly clouds his judgment and negatively influences his decision making. Creon's hubris motivates him to remain stubborn and initially dismiss the blind seer Tiresias's message regarding Antigone's unjust punishment. Creon also considers his own will to be higher than the will of the gods, which is why he severely punishes Antigone for burying her brother Polynices against his decree. Despite Antigone's moving argument that she defied neither the gods nor justice and only the decree of an unjust man, Creon is determined to punish her, and he has Antigone entombed alive.

After Creon argues with Tiresias, a messenger enters the scene and informs the chorus of the tragic events that have transpired. According to the messenger, Antigone...

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