Sophocles: Ἀντιγόνη



De her sister but Antigone will not have it Creon orders that the two women be temporarily imprisoned Haemon Creon s son enters to pledge allegiance to his father even though he is engaged to Antigone He initially seems willing to forsake Antigone but when Haemon gently tries to persuade his father to spare Antigone claiming that under cover of darkness the city mourns for the girl the discussion deteriorates and the two men are soon bitterly insulting each other When Creon threatens to execute Antigone in front of his son Haemon leaves vowing never to see Creon again Creon decides to spare Ismene and to bury Antigone alive in a cave By not killing her directly he hopes to pay the minimal respects to the gods She is brought out of the house and this time she is sorrowful instead of defiant She expresses her regrets at not having married and dying for following the laws of the gods She is taken away to her living tomb with the Leader of the Chorus expressing great sorrow for what is going to happen to her Tiresias the blind prophet enters Tiresias warns Creon that Polyneices should now be urgently buried because the gods are displeased refusing to accept any sacrifices or prayers from Thebes Creon accuses Tiresias of being corrupt Tiresias responds that because of Creon s mistakes he will lose a son of his own loins2 for the crimes of leaving Polyneices unburied and putting Antigone into the earth he does not say that Antigone should not be condemned to death only that it is improper to keep a living body underneath the earth All of Greece will despise Creon and the sacrificial offerings of Thebes will not be accepted by the gods The Leader of the Chorus terrified asks Creon to take Tiresias advice to free Antigone and bury Polyneices Creon assents leaving with a retinue of men The Chorus delivers a choral ode to the god Dionysus god of wine and of the theater this part is the offering to their patron god A Messenger enters to tell the Leader of the Chorus that Antigone has killed herself Eurydice Creon s wife and Haemon s mother enters and asks the Messenger to tell her everything The Messenger reports that Creon saw to the burial of Polyneices When Creon arrives at Antigone s cave he found Haemon lamenting over Antigone who had hanged herself After unsuccessfully attempting to stab Creon Haemon stabs himself Having listened to the Messenger s account Eurydice disappears into the palace Creon enters carrying Haemon s body He understands that his own actions have caused these events and blames himself A Second Messenger arrives to tell Creon and the Chorus that Eurydice has killed herself With her last breath she cursed her husband Creon blames himself for everything that has happened and a broken man he asks his servants to help him inside The order he valued so much has been protected and he is still the king but he has acted against the gods and lost his children and his wife as a result After Creon condemns himself the Leader of the Chorus closes by saying that although the gods punish the proud punishment brings wisdom 2004 1391 148 9789643292775 496 406 Suck on that Creon They named the play after her. Iterature canTo make this uintessential Greek drama accessible to the modern reader this Prestwick House Literary Touchstone Edition includes a glossary of difficult terms a list of vocabulary words and convenient sidebar notes By providing these it is our intention that readers will fully enjoy the beauty wisdom and intent of the pl.

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Iven its 2500 years old and a translation there are a number of areas where might not fully understand especially if you aren t familiar with your Greek Gods and Goddesses The words themselves are beautiful The images you see are intense It s a fantastic read But read them in order And think of Antigone as your very own Wonder Woman About Me For those new to me or my reviews here s the scoop I read A LOT I write A LOT And now I blog A LOT First the book review goes on Goodreads and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at where you ll also find TV Film reviews the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I ve visited all over the world And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the whowhatwhenwhere and my pictures Leave a comment and let me know what you think Vote in the poll and ratings Thanks for stopping by Antigone SophoclesAntigone is a tragedy by Sophocles written in or before 441 BC It is the third of the three Theban plays chronologically but was the first written The play expands on the Theban legend that predated it and picks up where Aeschylus Seven Against Thebes ends In the beginning of the play two brothers leading opposite sides in Thebes civil war died fighting each other for the throne Creon the new ruler of Thebes has decided that Eteocles will be honored and Polyneices will be in public shame The rebel brother s body will not be sanctified by holy rites and will lie unburied on the battlefield prey for carrion animals like worms and vultures the harshest punishment at the time Antigone and Ismene are the sisters of the dead Polyneices and Eteocles In the opening of the play Antigone brings Ismene outside the palace gates late at night for a secret meeting Antigone wants to bury Polyneices body in defiance of Creon s edict Ismene refuses to help her not believing that it will actually be possible to bury their brother who is under guard but she is unable to stop Antigone from going to bury her brother herself Creon enters along with the Chorus of Theban Elders He seeks their support in the days to come and in particular wants them to back his edict regarding the disposal of Polyneices body The Leader of the Chorus pledges his support out of deference to Creon A Sentry enters fearfully reporting that the body has been given funeral rites and a symbolic burial with a thin covering of earth though no one saw who had actually committed the crime Creon furious orders the Sentry to find the culprit or face death himself The Sentry leaves and the Chorus sings about honouring the gods but after a short absence he returns bringing Antigone with him The Sentry explains that the watchmen uncovered Polyneices body and then caught Antigone as she did the funeral rituals Creon uestions her after sending the Sentry away and she does not deny what she has done She argues unflinchingly with Creon about the morality of the edict and the morality of her actions Creon becomes furious and thinking Ismene must have known of Antigone s plan seeing her upset summons the girl Ismene tries to confess falsely to the crime wishing to die alongsi. Es the king for the right to bury her own brother Determined but doomed Antigone shows her inner strength throughout the playAntigone raises issues of law and morality that are ust as relevant today as they were than two thousand years ago Whether this is your first reading or your twentieth Antigone will move you as few pieces of

The family or the state6 May 2012 This is probably the closest of all of the Greek tragedies to a Shakespearian tragedy This is due to the end of the play having a huge bodycount and the action of the play is driven by one person s fatal flaw not that I actually believe in the fatal flaw argument but that is beside the point However it is not Antigone who has the fatal flaw in this play but rather Creon the king of Thebes Unfortunately we cannot really look to Oedipus at Colonus to see the beginning of Creon s downfall because this play is not the final part of a trilogy at least in the Aeschylan sense of a trilogy though it is noticeable that when the copyists chose seven plays of Sophocles to preserve for posterity three of the Theban plays were kept which in a sense formed a trilogy and in this trilogy we see Creon go from being a loyal servant of Oedipus to a ruthless tyrant that believes that he is the state and that his words are not to be disobeyed First I will discuss the term Harmatia which is Aristotelian in origin at least from his text on drama The Poetics I shall also look at the action of the play and finish off by discussing the main theme which is the struggle between loyalty to one s family and loyalty to one s state Well no I will finish off by looking at Creon s character and how his actions bring about such a sticky end The concept of Harmatia is regularly found in the Bible where it has been translated into our word sin Now as I think about the concept of Harmatia I am somewhat torn between suggesting that Harmatia and sin are two different ideas or that our modern understanding of sin does not exactly weigh with how the modern church translates and preaches it The modern church preaches sin as being rebellion against God of which we are all guilty and then goes on to bombard us with what constitutes sin However to the Greeks or at least to Aristotle Harmatia is a fatal character flaw Now that concept does not alienate sin because sin in an of itself is a fatal character flaw that we have inherited from Adam and Eve This fatal character flaw of ours is our desire to live independently and we see this and as we meet with people and associate with them I also see it rampant throughout the church as people try to push God into a box and tell him what sin is rather than letting him demonstrate sin to them I say this b Book Review 4 out of 5 stars to Antigone the third in a trilogy of Theban plays written around 441 BC yes almost 2500 years ago by Sophocles In my unior year of high school our Advanced Placement English teacher assigned all three Theban plays This is a mini review on the final one Antigone which was my second favorite Oedipus Rex was of course my favorite In this Greek tragedy Antigone Oedipus Rex s daughter fights to have a proper burial for her brother She is strong willed determined and forceful yet respectful and fair in her arguments What I love about these plays is that ability for the characters to call on your emotions logic and your intelligence The plots are incredibly complex and shocking but the players are what help you fall in love with Sophocles as a writer The curse placed on Oedipus lingers and haunts a younger generation in this new and brilliant translation of Sophocles' classic drama The daughter of Oedipus and Jocasta Antigone is an unconventional heroine who pits her beliefs against the King of Thebes in a bloody test of wills that leaves few unharmed Emotions fly as she challeng.

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