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R to keep a living body underneath the earth All f Greece will despise Creon and the sacrificial Sticky Stanley offeringsf Thebes will not be accepted by the gods The Leader f the Chorus terrified asks Creon to take Tiresias advice to free Antigone and bury Polyneices Creon assents leaving with a retinue f men The Chorus delivers a choral The Minute Men: The First Fight: Myths and Realities of the American Revolution ode to the god Dionysus godf wine and f the theater this part is the ffering to their patron god A Messenger enters to tell the Leader f 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 f Polyneices When Creon arrives at Antigone s cave he found Haemon lamenting Yes, You Can!: 1,200 Inspiring Ideas for Work, Home, and Happiness 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 hiswn 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 rder 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 f the Chorus closes by saying that although the gods punish the proud punishment brings wisdom 2004 1391 148 9789643292775 496 406 Book Review 4 ut f 5 stars to Antigone the third in a trilogy Wolverine: The Long Night of Theban plays written around 441 BC yes almost 2500 years ago by Sophocles In my junior yearf high school Black Leopard, Red Wolf our Advanced Placement English teacher assigned all three Theban plays This is a mini reviewn the final Short Eyes: A Play one Antigone which was my second favorite Oedipus Rex wasf 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 n 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 Given its 2500 years ld and a translation there are a number f 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 rder And think Soeur Angèle ou le feu sacré de la joie of Antigone as your verywn Wonder Woman About Me For those new to me r 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 n Goodreads and then I send it n ver to my WordPress blog at where you ll also find TV Film reviews the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots Dirty Dozen 2 (12 Taboo XXX Tales) of blogging about places I ve visited allver the world And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details n 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 The family r the state6 May 2012 This is probably the closest f all f the Greek tragedies to a Shakespearian tragedy This is due to the end f the play having a huge bodycount and the action f the play is driven by ne 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 f Thebes Unfortunately we cannot really look to Oedipus at Colonus to see the beginning f Creon s downfall because this play is not the final part f a trilogy at least in the Aeschylan sense Step by Step to Stand-Up Comedy of a trilogy though it is noticeable that when the copyists chose seven playsf Sophocles to preserve for posterity three Greetings! 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 servantf 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 rigin at least from his text n drama The Poetics I shall also look at the action Tribeca of the play and finishff by discussing the main theme which is the struggle between loyalty to ne s family and loyalty to ne s state Well no I will finish Blue Streak off by looking at Creon s character and how his actions bring about such a sticky end The conceptf Harmatia is regularly found in the Bible where it has been translated into The Asketikon of St Basil the Great our word sin Now as I think about the conceptf Harmatia I am somewhat torn between suggesting that Harmatia and sin are two different ideas r that ur modern understanding f sin does not exactly weigh with how the modern church translates and preaches it The modern church preaches sin as being rebellion against God f which we are all guilty and then goes Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time on to bombard us with what constitutes sin However to the Greeksr at least to Aristotle Harmatia is a fatal character flaw Now that concept does not alienate sin because Antigone is a real heroine she stands up for what she believes in She was faced with a strong dilemma The law Thoroughly Disarmed of man the wordf her uncle the king demands that her brother s body remains unburied in the pen with no funeral rights to be savaged by animals For King Creon this is a symbolic justice for a traitor and a rebel but the laws f the God s and the ruling After the Ashes of Antigone swn mind demands that she gives him libations death rights that all men deserve She buries the body and faces the conseuences The Angry Planet of the crime Creon And still you had the gall to break this lawAntigone Of course I did It wasn t Zeus not in the least who made this proclamation not to meNor did that justice dwelling with the godsbeneath the earthrdain such laws for menNor did I think your edict had such forcethat you a mere mortal could Melody's Key override the godsSo like I said she s a heroine for standing up against tyranny but she isn t the play s tragic hero it s clearly King Creon Who has the rightf this situation It is easy to brand Creon a tyrant though to do so verlooks the reasoning behind his actions In punishing Antigone s dead brother her rebellious dead brother he is sending a political message to those that threaten the peace f Thebes In reality he is being an effective albeit harsh ruler When his niece breaks his law he has no choice but to punish her as he would any man He couldn t allow her to be an exception to the rule to do so would be to undermine the law A Chance Acquaintance of the land and his politics it would be to make him a hypocrite But to sentence her to death that s a little extreme Thus Sophocles presents a beautifully conflicted situation There is no longer a discernible sensef right r wrong nly a thin line f morality that separates a tyrant from a man f justice And his conviction The Wallflower's Revenge only gets worse he refuses to hear what his son and the city the chorus think about the situation Henly sees his narrow minded sense f justice and ignores the effects it will have n his loved War to the Knife: Bleeding Kansas, 1854-1861 ones He has no doubts about his actions and demonstrates the uestionable naturef a cold approach to kingship The laws Leaving Mother Lake: A Girlhood at the Edge of the World of man are not. Es the king for the right to bury herwn brother Determined but doomed Antigone shows her inner strength throughout the playAntigone raises issues f law and morality that are just as relevant today as they were than two thousand years ago Whether this is your first reading r your twentieth Antigone will move you as few pieces f

This drama highlights the differences between state and divine law Especially interesting is the language Sophocles has done very well to portray this conflict Even after 2500 years still a worth reading profound text This was a reread for me The first time I read this play was in my sopho year r high school and I remember liking it but I LOVED it this time around It s fabulous and now I want to read the rest Introductory Algebra: Models Concepts Skills of the Theban plays Seeing a Middle School Productionf Antigone in Munich The Sophie Scholl Story and Reflecting Marriage After God: Chasing Boldly After God’s Purpose for Your Life Together on How to Foster Youth Resistance in Meaningful Ways A Meditation I am not afraidf the danger If it means death it will not be the worst f deaths death without honor AntigoneAntigone We begin in the dark and birth is the death f usIsmene Who said thatAntigone HegelIsmene Sounds like BeckettAntigone He was paraphrasing Hegel The chorus in Anne Carson s translation Blue Blood of Sophocles Antigone to make the point that many writers and thinkers across time were and still are paraphrasing SophoclesI just saw a middle school productionf a play The Gollywhopper Games: Friend or Foe of which I had never heard Antigone in Munich The Sophie Scholl Story by Claudia Haas about a high school girl Sophie who follows her college philosophy student brother Hans in getting involved in a German student resistancerganization The White Rose Society that courageously Parafilias (Spanish Edition) opposed Hitler My daughter was in the crew for the production stage left props as Ince was for a production It's Like This of Antigone when I was in college decades ago Like Antigone Sophie was a teenager who defended her brother honorably following in their activist footsteps doing the right thing in the facef a patriarchal authority who like King Lear raged with demands f loyalty All men make mistakes but a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong and repairs the evil The nly crime is pride AntigoneI thought the play was ambitious for a middle school as it circled back from Nazi resistance to Sophocles play about the daughter f Oedipus and Jocasta who insisted n defying King Creon s Rituels secrets des Templiers order to bury her brother Polynices Creon s law forbidding the public mourning and burialf a member f ne s A Mild Suicide own family evenne seen as resistant to the state punishable by death is inhuman it s immoral I listened to a translation Beethoven for a Later Age: The Journey of a String Quartet of theriginal play and also read some Born to Ride: A Story About Bicycle Face of Anne Carson s adaptationf the play and f course saw and read Claudia Haas playPhilosophy professor Hans Huber who guided The White Rose Society was executed for resistance to the Nazi state And thou shalt act as ifOn thee and n thy deedDepended the fate f all GermanyAnd thou alone must answer for itThe Nazi regime also executed Huber s student Hans and his sister Sophie Scholl n February 22 1943 I admired my daughter s drama department s ambition to stoke student activism through the production The student body f my daughter s school had staged a walkout this year protesting political inaction n school shootings They made signs wrote and signed petitions and some Porter Earns a Quarter (Four Basic Skills Series, Volume 2) of them were interviewed by the media When I was in high school we shut down the schooln a couple Mayan, Incan, and Aztec Civilizations, Grades 5-8 occasions insisting that the curriculum reflect growing concerns with the Vietnam War racism the environment We made signs we wrote pamphlets we created sit down strikes and we got some concessions and curricular changes I lived to tell my tale but four students were killed for protesting the Vietnam War at Kent State during my time in school s some recent Chicago student climate change protesters Do not fear for me Make straight yourwn path to destiny Antigone Suck Tablettes Albertini Actes privés de l'époque vandale on that Creon They named the play after her Antigone SophoclesAntigone is a tragedy by Sophocles written inr before 441 BC It is the third f the three Theban plays chronologically but was the first written The play expands n the Theban legend that predated it and picks up where Aeschylus Seven Against Thebes ends In the beginning Sexual Soulmates: The Six Essentials for Connected Sex (English Edition) of the play two brothers leadingpposite sides in Thebes civil war died fighting each ther for the throne Creon the new ruler f 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 Piazza, Student Edition: Introductory Italian on the battlefield prey for carrion animals like worms and vultures the harshest punishment at the time Antigone and Ismene are the sistersf the dead Polyneices and Eteocles In the Unbroken Circle: How to Take Your Family Through the End Time openingf the play Antigone brings Ismene utside the palace gates late at night for a secret meeting Antigone wants to bury Polyneices body in defiance f 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 f Theban Elders He seeks their support in the days to come and in particular wants them to back his edict regarding the disposal f Polyneices body The Leader f the Chorus pledges his support ut Tajweed Rules for Qur'anic Recitation: A Beginner's Guide (Tajweed Rules, of deference to Creon A Sentry enters fearfully reporting that the body has been given funeral rites and a symbolic burial with a thin coveringf earth though no Selling to VITO the Very Important Top Officer: Get to the Top. 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Get to the Sale. one saw who had actually committed the crime Creon furiousrders the Sentry to find the culprit The Reformation (World History Series) 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 moralityf the edict and the morality f her actions Creon becomes furious and thinking Ismene must have known f Antigone s plan seeing her upset summons the girl Ismene tries to confess falsely to the crime wishing to die alongside her sister but Antigone will not have it Creon Ask Me Nicely: Dark Urges Book One 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 coverf darkness the city mourns for the girl the discussion deteriorates and the two men are soon bitterly insulting each Date With A Dead Doctor other When Creon threatens to execute Antigone in frontf 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 ut f the house and this time she is sorrowful instead Daddy Lost Me At Poker (Eroticulture) (English Edition) of defiant She expresses her regrets at not having married and dying for following the lawsf the gods She is taken away to her living tomb with the Leader Orb: A Tale of Alien Pregnancy 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 sacrificesr prayers from Thebes Creon accuses Tiresias Witchopoly of being corrupt Tiresias responds that becausef Creon s mistakes he will lose a son Dear Chandler, Dear Scarlett: A Grandfather's Thoughts on Faith, Family, and the Things That Matter Most of hiswn loins2 for the crimes Asesinato en una Lavandería China (Fondo Editorial Tierra Adentro of leaving Polyneices unburied and putting Antigone into the earth he does not say that Antigone should not be condemned to deathnly that it is imprope. The curse placed n Oedipus lingers and haunts a younger generation in this new and brilliant translation f Sophocles' classic drama The daughter f Oedipus and Jocasta Antigone is an unconventional heroine who pits her beliefs against the King f Thebes in a bloody test f wills that leaves few unharmed Emotions fly as she challeng.

Always right Something Creon simply cannot perceive To his mind he is morally right a man f good character and a king Boarding House of Hunks of honour Is this not the most dangerousf leaders Creon I will take her down some wild desolate pathnever trod by men and wall her up alivein a rocky vault and set ut short rationsjust the measure piety demandsto keep the entire city free f defilementThere let her pray to the Bec (The Demonata, one god she worshipsDeath who knows may just reprieveher from deathOr she may learn at last better late than neverwhat a wastef breath it is to worship DeathAnd this is what makes him the play s tragic hero His hamartia his tragic flaw in Aristotle terms is his severe lack The Further Mishaps of Charlie Chumpkins of judgement and his inability to perceive the wrongnessf his decree The reversal recognition and suffering come in the form f the priest Tiresias an ld wise man who speaks to the Gods He tells Creon what will happen if he persists down his current path and after much resistance Creon finally relents his folly But it is far too late The blood has already been shed Tragedy has already struck death has already struck Creon is left in tatters It is the hardest f lessons to learn So what do we learn from this Greek tragedy was didactical in purpose it was used as a learning tool a means f imparting wisdom to the audience What is Sophocles message For me it s uite simple pen your eyes and your heart Never presume that you are right and an absolute morale authority For Creon his realisation came too late The result was a sacrifice he will never forget Antigone s death and the ne most readers seem to sympathise with But I implore you to look further into the play and consider the full role Our Planet: Our Home of Creon Toverlook him is to Kakoong, Pahlawan Pulau Awan Vol. 8 overlook the pointf the work All men make mistakes but a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong and repairs the evil The nly crime is pride This play is a spectacular piece f work I need Greek tragedy in my reading diet Penguin Little Black Classic 55 The Little Black Classic Collection by penguin looks like it contains lots Journeys of Frodo: An Atlas of J.R.R.Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings of hidden gems I couldn t help it they looked so good that I went and bought them all I shall post a short review after reading eachne No doubt it will take me several months to get through all f them Hopefully I will find some classic authors from across the ages that I may not have come across had I not bought this collection Your soul is blowing apartThe chorus in Anne Carson s translation f Sophocles ANTIGONEI love Antigone I think it is ne f the very best f the Greek tragedies no ne f the very best f all tragedies ever writtenRandom thought I suspect there is a play that is part A Stepdaughter In Heat (Daddy Daughter Sex Stories) of this cycle that is missing a play that focusesn the brothersThis review will not focus n the play itself but n the wonderful translation by Anne Carson Anne Carson is a poet She is a wordsmith in the highest sense f the word She has an ear for modern language that makes this translation fresh and contemporary while honoring Sophocles true intention Carson s translation is full f dry dark humor and avoids the pitfalls In the End of those dour humorless translations that aref ne note and written to emulate a funeral dirge But importantly Carson shows that Kreon not Antigone is the true tragic character f the work He refuses to heed the wisdom f thers when Kreon relents at the last nly to find his family dead and his city in despair The residue f those boring stuffy late 19th early 20th century translations that attempted to emulate Elizabethan English and place Antigone in the realm f a Shakespearean tragedy have been cast ff by Carson But ultimately I think it would be best to call this an adaptation rather than a translation ANTIGONE WE BEGIN IN THE DARK AND THE BIRTH OF DEATH IS US ISMENE WHO SAID THAT ANTIGONE HEGEL ISMENE SOUNDS MORE LIKE BECKETT ANTIGONE HE WAS PARAPHRASING HEGELThe chorus in Anne Carson s translation f Sophocles ANTIGONEAnne Carson means to have a good time with Antigone and thankfully she invites us along to the party Antigone is a strong contender in the Plays That Keep You Awake at Night competition The background f the story reads no surprise like a Greek tragedy Antigone is the The Age of Treachery orphaned daughterf Jocasta and Oedipus the mother and fatherbrother team from Oedipus Rex who has now lost both her brothers as well they killed each ther fighting ver who got to rule Thebes Uncle Creon the new king decreed that the traitor brother is to go unburied The conflict is that Antigone plans to ignore Creon s decree and bury her brother anyway while Creon says if she does he ll have her killed While the conflict seems simple enough it involves two competing arenas political and religious Politically Antigone represents the aristos the The Catcher in the Rye and Philosophy old ruling families who aren t as loyal to law as they are to theirwn families and Creon represents the demos Seven Sisters New Quilts from an Old Favorite or the voting masses whose primary focus is the interestf the state and the rule Bike Mechanic: Tales from the Road and the Workshop (Rouleur) of law In the religious arena Antigone wants to honor the gods laws by burying her brother while Creon ignores the gods laws in favorf his wn decrees So who s right What is the balance f power between individuals and the state The laws When a Man Loves a Woman of man and the lawsf gods Governing with firmness and listening with reason The good news is that Sophocles gives each character a leg to stand n but nly Keep From Falling one Antigone is right to honor the gods laws but wrong to disobey the king s decree and Creon is wrong to disregard the gods laws but right to expect the lawsf the land to supplant individual wishes I m guessing Sophocles would argue that the play s success comes from the tension between these ideas as played Catalogue the Insanity out by two flawed characters On thene hand Antigone is a strident vigilante who doesn t care that she s breaking the law And Blessed Homecoming on thether hand Creon is an insecure blowhard who doesn t care that he s breaking custom and the will Shrek of the gods by leaving his nephew s corpse to be eaten by birds Neither character is easy to side with but each has a pointHowever the bad news is that Sophocles clearly sides with Creon through the airtime he gives Creon far than he gives Antigone through the chorus s support who are supposed to state thepinion f the audience and through the plot itself which gives Creon the realization f his mistakes and the cathartic Woe is me ending Creon not Antigone follows the tragic hero trajectory Antigone s real tragedy is simply that she s a member Look Alikes Jr. of a spectacularly dysfunctional family While the plot vindicates Antigone s position Sophocles undermines her character at every turn and for some reason this drives me bonkers Obviously nobody would read Pride and Prejudice and SPOILER ALERT say Poor Wickham got short shrift Jane Austen was clearly in the bag for Darcy How unfair because those characters existnly as the author created them Wickham is a scoundrel because Jane Austen created a scoundrel However the characters in this play existed before Sophocles and therefore utside Sophocles so I don t think I m a lunatic for being irritated that Sophocles was manipulative in his treatment f them In his real life zeal to promote the interest Architecture for the Shroud: Relic and Ritual in Turin of the polis Sophocles weakens Antigone s position by characterizing her as imbalanced and unnatural which makes the didactic focusf the story political That was his point and in keeping with Greek tragedy Collecting and Exhibiting Computer-Based Technology: Expert Curation at the Museums of the Smithsonian 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