Burial Alive

Burial Alive

Antigone
condemned to be buried alive, she thwarts Creon’s order by killing herself. [Gk. Lit.: Antigone]
Fortunato
walled up in a catacomb by the man he had wronged. [Am. Lit.: Poe “The Cask of Amontillado”]
Lafourcade, Victorine
found alive in her tomb by her rejected suitor. [Am. Lit.: Poe “The Premature Burial”]
Sindbad
entombed, by custom, upon his wife’s death, he manages to escape. [Arab. Lit.: Arabian Nights; Magill II, 50]
Usher, Madeline
breaks out of vault in which she had been buried alive. [Am. Lit.: Poe “Fall of the House of Usher”]
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Presumed dead for three days, he wakes in a dank church, having narrowly escaped burial alive due to the frozen ground.
It is revealing that Act II, Scene 21 is entitled "Otto dreams a dream on the burial alive of a soldier and Bianca interprets the dream." It will by now surprise no one to learn that Otto has, not one dream, but two.
He commits hubris through his violent misuse of his temporal power; he too has a duty to bury the dead, and his unjust condemnation of Antigone to death is murder of a near relative, although he changes her sentence from stoning to burial alive in order to avoid the formal pollution which would accompany such a deed.