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SOPHOCLES AND ANTIGONE ESSAY REVIEW
Stages of Drama: The Greek Theatre http: //youtu. be/RK-db. Lia. Gv. U go to 4: 27/7: 44
Stages of Drama: The Greek Theatre Review Key Points & Compare to Today’s Theatrical Entertainment: Most important ideas of Greek society made part of public life and public debate. Nature and placement of theatre integral to society’s belief structure. Chorus provides audiences point of view. Unity of time Set established by the chorus. Masks reveal emotions. Speech is poetry not realistic speech. Stories based on legends so suspense is not a concern: focus is on how it happens not on what.
“Antigone and Marriage” Key Points from the article: Antigone’s scorn of marriage is indicative of her scorn for patriarchal society. It is a function of society in which she is not a citizen. Creon versus Antigone = Political versus Personal Women’s role in marriage: 1. Continuity of a household 2. Provide citizens for a society that she cannot fully participate. Compare these ideas to Antigone’s statement: “A husband dead, another can be found, a child replaced, but once a brother’s lost (mother and father dead and buried too) No other brother can be born or grows again. That is my principle, which Creon stigmatized as criminal, my principle for honoring you, my dearest brother” (232). QUESTION: Is her “criminal” act solely in defiance of Creon’s decree or is there an element of
“Antigone’s Flaws” Key Points of argument: Challenges her virtuousness by declaring her…to be prideful, self-centered, and full of hatred. Pride in loneliness is solipsism* in the burial that she does not perform. * the philosophical idea that only one's own mind is sure to exist. Her “drooping head” is in fact fear. Personal hatred is what motivates her nothing sublime. Irony and contradiction in her claim that she does this in love, when in doing so she enacts hatred on Eteocles and Ismene. Do you agree with Minadeo that Antigone’s actions are a representation of her scorn for Creon, and are not in fact a pious