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Antigone Time and Place

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Albert Kho

on 19 February 2013

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Transcript of Antigone Time and Place

Antigone: Structure, Unities, and Conventions A beautifully researched project by Albert Kho and Sean La Story Structure of a Greek Tragedy Parts of Antigone Time Place Action Three Unites of Tragedies Greek Theatre Conventions/Physical set-up Components Dramatic genres Dionysian Festivals Does the fact that the festivals honour the god Dionysus, the god of spring and vintage, change the nature of the plays such as Antigone? Songs of Dionysus and other gods Over time it evolved into a story being told with the support of the chorus. Common Greek convention is to have the time span of the drama to be only over one day (24 hours)

Sophocles does this through two ways

- Description of decomposing body

- Subtle mentioning of time of day Because of the limited number of people on stage, it became vital to focus on the basics. What effect does having the time span only a period of one day have on the way the audience perceives this?
How does this affect the ending tragedy, specifically the fact that Antigone decided to do to disobey Creon in such a short span of time? Wine was consumed. Once a year as a city-wide holiday. Numerous open-air theatres in Ancient Greece. Sat regardless of social status. One of the Three Unities is Unity of Action.
Simply put, there is very little straying off of the main plot, with little to no subplots.

Antigone clearly has one main plot - Antigone's struggle to bury her brother Polynices. The rich received the honour of paying for the entire festival. How does having only one plot line affect the audiences' perception of the story? The audience was very critical. Festival = Competition To what extent did the competitive nature affect the plays? Prologue 1 - 116

Parados 117 - 178

Episode 1 179 - 377

Stasimon 1 378 - 425

Episode 2 426 - 656

Stasimon 2 657 - 705

Episode 3 706 - 879

Stasimon 3 880 - 969

Episode 4 970 - 1035

Stasimon 4 1036 - 1091

Episode 5 1092 - 1239

Stasimon 5 1240 - 1272

Epilog 1273 - 1466

Exodus 1467 - 1471 What effect do the Three Unities add to the audiences' experience? Orchestra Theatron Skene Three main components to a theatre Prologue
- gives context/background information for the story
- establishes the setting
- invented by Euripedes Parados
- First song sung by the chorus
- follows immediately after the prologue Episode
- section where the main action/dialogue occurs Stasimon
- odes sung by the Chorus
- often a reflection of the events that occured in the previous episode
- often used to relate episode to Mythology Epilog
- the final episode in which the fates of the character
are revealed Exodus
- end of the song
- chorus sings final procession song
- gives advice related to the plot Large circular or rectangular flat slab Seats for the audience/Physical structure of the theatre. Large building behind the Orchestra used by actors to change/rest. Often used as the backdrop. (Backstage) All the dialogue takes place directly in front of the palace gates. The timing of this play is significant because it is immediately after the victory of the city. Entrances and Exits are also significant. Goats were sacrificed. What is the part played by the structure of the tragedy? Would the effect be any different with another format, and why? What are the pros and cons of limiting the actors on stage at once? How does seeing the events outside of the palace gates affect the way Creon is perceived? Deep reading time!
Postulate: The gender roles in Antigone have been reversed. Creon has become emasculated and Antigone acts like the real king.

(240) (359) (500 - 520) Anagnorisis:
Antigone at 1018
Creon 1395 - 1399 The three Greek genres
- Tragedy
- Comedy
- Satyr In what ways do time and place matter to the work? Would the simplification greatly affect the works? Mechane
Pinakes Chorus
Messanger Questions?
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