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Antigone plot graff

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Joe Mcleod

on 14 December 2012

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Before Antigone even begins, there are two plays that took place before it. The king and Queen of Thebes went to the oracle to find out about their future. Their son, Oedipus, was going to have sex with his mother and kill his father. They then abandoned him on the mountain side, where he was adopted by the king of Corinth. When he grows up, he goes to another Oracle and finds out his prophecy. In fear of killing his ADOPTED father, he wanders around the country and ends up killing his real father. He then kills a sphinx, and for his bravery becomes king of Thebes. He then inadvertently has sex with his mother, and has four incest children. In the second play, his children are royal family members of Thebes, and Oedipus die's of old age. Oedipus' two sons Eteocles and Polyneices fight over Thebes, and both of them die. The background info sets up the back story for the play, letting you jump right in to Antigone. background The exposition of Antigone begins at the very beginning of the play. Antigone and Ismene are talking about the results of the war, and how it is now forbidden to bury any traitor, i.e. Polyneices. Also, in the absence of a true heir, Creon becomes king of Thebes. Antigone has taken it upon herself to bury her brother even though 'tis illegal. I believe that in the exposition you are supposed to give your support to Antigone. inciting incident The inciting incident in Antigone was when Antigone decided to bury her brother, against Creons will. This started the conflict between Creon and Antigone, which lasts the whole play. Creon sees this as an act of treason, while Antigone simply sees it as a religious right. At this point you are forced to choose to give your support to either Antigone or Creon. Antigone represents religious freedom and the individual, while Creon represents government and the society So much to say, so little room. The rising action of Antigone was most of the play. It begins with Creon and a guard discussing about Antigone burying her brother, while the guard later arrests her for trying to do it again. After this Creon and Antigone have a small exchange of words in which the topics include fate, freedom, and mans law vs. gods law. Creon sentences her not to die, but instead be locked in a cave forever with one loaf of bread, just to be a nice guy. Creons son Haemon comes to him begging his father not to kill Antigone, whom is his future bride. Creon of course stays unwavering, refusing to back down from his decision. Finally, Tiresias a blind prophet comes to Creon and tries to speak sense to him. Creon again is resistant, leading Tiresias to inform him that no matter what he does now it is too late. Creon eventually calms down and decides to spare Antigone. I think during the rising action you are supposed to lose support for Creon, due to his harsh sentences and stubbornness. The moment of the most suspense! In Antigone, the height of the conflict comes when Creon finds that Antigone has hung herself, unwilling to starve alone in a cave. Haemon becomes furious with his father, lashing out in an attempt to kill him. After failing, Haemon kills himself instead. At this point I think you are supposed to feel sad. The resolution in Antigone is everything after the mass suicides. After the ill fated lovers take their own lives, Creon is informed that his wife has also committed suicide. He is left alone to regret his stubbornness, not one person to share his power with. The chorus and Creon sing a sad short song, ending the story with a very sad feeling. Plot graph for Antigone. The end to the
saddest trilogy ever. The death tole of all three stories. sadness level (1-10) Name King Laius
Creon (his mental well being) 5: Killed by his own son.
1: No one likes riddles.
7: If only for his horrible life.
5: Died defending his city.
2: Died a traitor.
8: suicide hits hard
9: Even harder hitting suicide.
6: More suicide.
10: You were supposed to hate him, now you have to feel bad for him. setting independent or dependent? Antigone is clearly a setting independent story, fact. Antigone clearly shows the theme of individual versus society, which can be translated to any time anywhere. For example if a man wants to drink Sunny D, but the government outlaws Sunny D, but he drinks it anyways, then that is kind of like Antigone. Or on a more serious note imagine Martin Luther King Jr., he was a man who fought against society to earn equal rights for all people. Thus Fore he is an individual, and he fought against society. Martin Luther King Jr.=Antigone, fact. Also, the view that resistance can be a bad thing, can translate to any time. For example, In the book of Exodus, if the pharaoh would have just let the Jews go free, his people would not have had to suffer the plagues of god. So, the themes portrayed in Antigone can easily translate to most any situation.
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