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English 2

"Antigone"

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Qualities of Tragedy in Greek Drama

  • Recounts the downfall of a dignified character involved in major events
  • Has a main character called a tragic hero who may possess a tragic flaw that brings about his downfall
  • Evokes pity and fear in the audience
  • Often involved in unexpected twists of fate
  • Ends disastrously, usually with the hero's death

Themes in Antigone

  • Role of women
  • Law of Gods vs. Law of the State
  • Pride (Hubris) as a tragic flaw
  • Threat of tyranny

Antigone Study Guide

Prologue

1.  What does Antigone plan to do?

A: Bury her brother, Polyneices

2.  What does she say to her sister?

            A:  That Polyneices died just as noble as her other brother did and she thinks he deserves a fair funeral.

3.  What is the conflict of the drama?

            A: Burring Polyneices is against the law

4.  What does Antigone say about Eteocles?

            A: Eteocles was buried with military honors and Polyneices was not.

5.  What will be the fate of anyone who disobeys Creon’s edict?

            A: Stoning to death in the public square.

6.  When Antigone asks Ismene whether--she will join her in burying Polynices-- what does Ismene say?

            A: That she thinks she is crazy and she has no place to break laws.

7.  What does Ismene’s refusal reveal of her?

            A: Ismene is afraid of danger and Creon.

8.  What type of person is Antigone?

            A: Strong-willed, determined, and fights for what’s right.

9.  What is the effect of Ismene’s reply to her appeal?

            A: It makes her more determined.

10. How does Ismene try to dissuade Antigone from burying her brother and with what success?

            A: She says that Antigone cannot do it and that she should be afraid.