- justification of creon in antigone by sophocles antigone is a tragic play written by sophocles in about 441bc the play is a continuation of the curse put upon the household of oedipus rex sophocles actually wrote this play before he wrote oedipus, but it follows oedipus in chronological order. Sophocles' antigone is a touchstone in democratic, feminist and legal theory, and possibly the most commented upon play in the history of philosophy and political theory bonnie honig's rereading of it therefore involves intervening in a host of literatures and. I picked up this play because i am currently directing antigone by jean anouilh (but a different translation) i wanted to get an idea of how this story was changed from the original by sophocles and i was so delighted to find the adaptation fresh, new and alive.
Sophocles wrote antigone in 441bc - the same year in which he was elected general - and probably wrote oedipus the king in about 425 bc (the plague at the beginning would have reminded the athenians of the terrible plague which they had endured in 431bc - and which had killed their leader pericles, sophocles' friend. Character analysis of antigone antigone is an award winning play by sophocles, one of the three best greek dramatists of all timeantigone is a mythical princess of thebes she is the product of the accidental incestuous marriage between king oedipus and jocasta, whom is oedipus' mother as well. Sophocles (497 bc, 496 bc, or 495 bc - 406 bc) was an ancient greek writer who wrote over 100 plays, according to the suda only seven of his tragedies have survived complete sophocles was the second of the three greatest ancient greek writers of tragedies , the others were aeschylus and euripides.
Antigone, the drama by sophocles, has been published as part of the dover thrift edition series the dover version is translated into english by george young an introductory note states that the play was first performed in the 440s bcethe introductory note also includes a brief summary of events leading up to the events of this play. Teaching the antigone in wisconsin a resource guide by kerry lefebvre introduction and overview reading across time and space the antigone is an ancient greek tragedy, written and performed in a specific cultural and historical. Antigone summary sophocles oedipus rex or oedipus the king recounts the story of antigone's father, oedipus the play is primarily concerned with a family dispute over an issue that is. The antigone play summary chapter of this antigone study guide course is the most efficient way to study the summary of the play antigone this chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about. Antigone essay 1759 words | 8 pages antigone it takes a lot of courage to stand up and defend an action or idea that is forbidden by society this is what antigone does in sophocles' story antigone.
Sophocles antigone 442 bc translator's note this translation by ian johnston of malaspina university-college, nanaimo, bc, note that in this translation the numbers in square brackets refer to the greek text, and the. Antigone tomb, bridal-chamber, eternal prison in the caverned rock, whither go to find mine own, those many who have perished, and whom persephone hath received among the dead last of all shall i pass thither, and far most miserably of all, before the term of my life is spent. Antigone: summary, free study guides and book notes including comprehensive chapter analysis, complete summary analysis, author biography information, character profiles, theme analysis, metaphor analysis, and top ten quotes on classic literature.
The story of one sister's loyalty to both her brothers, regardless of their acts or opposing political beliefs, antigone is one of the most consistently popular plays in the history of drama this translation, by don taylor, was commissioned by the bbc, and was first broadcast in autumn, 1986. A plot summary of sophocles' antigone accompanied by a clear presentation and amusing images. Antigone plot summary after king oedipus was exiled from the city of thebes when he learned that he had committed incest and patricide, his younger son eteocles claimed that the kingship belonged to him, exiling his older brother polyneices. Sophocles' intent withantigone was to urge people think and challenge the old norms and traditions around them the antithesis of sophocles' philosophy is the lead character that he created, antigone. For my english final, i had to read and annotate a 42 page play in shakespearean english the play selected was an old greek tragedy called antigone by sophocles.
It belongs to a group of three plays, antigone, oedipus the king, oedipus at colonus, that go together as a story, but do not represent a unified trilogy in terms of story order, the sequence is: oedipus the king (oedipus, king of thebes, suffers terrible reversals: incest, father-murder, fall from power. Antigone analysis in ancient greece, new ideals surfaced as answers to life's complicated questions man was focused on more than the gods or heavenly concerns. Sophocles' antigone: ancient greek theatre, live from antiquity ancient cultures provide some of our deepest connections to the humanities, drawing life from that distant time when the study of history, philosophy, arts, literature, and language itself began.
Antigone is one of the more famous tragedies ever to be written and that's saying a lot sophocles' play has served as a model for countless other playwrights over the years. Play summary antigone bookmark this page manage my reading list polynices and his brother eteocles, however, are both dead, killed by each other, according to the curse of oedipus, their father. Welcome to the litcharts study guide on sophocles's antigone created by the original team behind sparknotes, litcharts are the world's best literature guides antigone was performed sometime around the year 441 bce, just before athens fought a campaign against the revolt of samos sophocles was. In the play antigone, sophocles uses the themes of pride, power, and femininity to convey his overall theme of tragedy one major theme in antigone is the abuse of power creon and antigone cause doom to their lives as they display resistance to power.
Antigone is an exciting and dramatic play and is the 3rd play in the oedipus rex series even though oedipus is dead, his curse is still destroying his remaining family when the play opens 2 of. Sophocles' antigone (like his later play, electra) focuses on a strong-willed woman who wins the respect of the audience by her unyielding adherence to an ideal, regardless of the consequences the obstinacy of both antigone and electra and their unwavering commitment to a sacred purpose continue to captivate modern audiences. Antigone by sophocles is an interesting play that i enjoyed reading it was something different for me since i don't ever read plays after reading the play i thought this story would fit under a feminist approach, until i fully began to understand and analyze each character of the play.