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Transcript of Antigone Presentation
2. Superiority of law/Justice
5. Betrayal Major Themes 1. The two protagonists (Creon and Antigone) both have extreme confidence in knowing what is supposedly correct
2. Antigone represents her father in that she seeks out justice and truth; Does she face similar consequences for her actions?
3. Antigone embraces Truth; Creon does not Search for Truth 1. Antigone's position leaves her lonely and outcast.
2. Creon's guilt: He suffered the most because he had the most to lose. So is he the most tragic character? What about Antigone?
3. Character's cycle of suffering. Is the Oedipus family doomed to suffer?
4. The symbolism of the tombs.
5. 'Loyalties lie with the dead.
6. Awareness/Knowledge=Suffering. What cost does the truth have on the characters? Suffering and Death Situational Irony:
Polyneices who is dead, is left unburied while Antigone is buried alive after she breaks the law of Creon. Irony Tragic Elements The tragic hero of Antigone is Creon
his pride causes him to make a poor decision
puts his own law above the law of the gods.
After making the decision, his life falls into turmoil
family members kill themselves
sees his folly, but realizes it is too late.
realizes that he is responsible
Through the massive tragedy inflicted on Creon, the audience develops feelings of fear and pity
the emotions are then purged through catharsis: Creon's survival "But now in the beautiful morning of victory let Thebes of the many chariots sing for joy! With hearts for dancing we'll take leave of war: our temples shall be sweet with hymns of praise, and the long night shall echo with our chorus" (Parodos, Antistrophe 2). Moral Purpose of Characters Antigone - importance of justice
"I will bury him; and if I must die, I say that this crime is holy"
Ismene - conformity
"They mean a great deal to me; but I have no strength to break laws that were made for the public good"
Creon - order, pride, and loyalty
"Whoever is chosen to govern should be obeyed --
Must be obeyed, in all things, great and small,
Just and unjust!"
Haimon - reason and righteousness
"You are not in a position to know everything that people say or do..."
Teiresias - wisdom
"Think all men make mistakes, but a man yields when he knows his course is wrong, and repairs the evil." Imagery Creon:
"You to, Ismene, snake in my ordered house, sucking my blood stealthily"
"For ever: damnation rises behind each child like a wave cresting out of the black northeast, when the long darkness under sea roars up and bursts drumming death upon the windwhipped sand."
"In flood time you can see how some trees bend, and because they bend, even their twigs are safe, while stubborn trees are torn up, roots, and all." Role of the Chorus The chorus serves a role akin to a narrator.
It tells listeners:
ideas Sophocles wanted the audience to consider