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English 2


Classwork/ Homework
Study Guide/ Notes
Project/ Essays
"The Piece of String"
"The Masque of the Red Death"
"The Open Window"
"A Sound Of Thunder"
"The Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge"
"Through the Tunnel"
King Arthur

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


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.