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Motifs are recurring structures, contrasts, and literary devices that help to develop and inform the text's major themes.

Why might suicide be considered a motif in Antigone?


It wouldn't, since none of the suicides are witnessed by the audience.


Every character who dies in the play does so by his or her own hand.


Suicide is a common threat used in the play. Haemon, the Sentry, Eurydice, and Ismene all threaten to commit suicide if Creon won't change his mind.


It wouldn't since there are not enough suicides in the play to be considered a recurring pattern.


All three suicides in the play reflect the same pattern: Haemon, Eurydice, and Antigone all curse Creon before hanging themselves.

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