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41 Cards in this Set

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Sophocles, the writer of Antigone, lived in
Athens, 5th century BC
The philosopher Aristotle wrote an influential text on drama called
The poetics
Greek actors wore
Greek plays feature a group of performers who sing, dance, provide exposition and interact with the other characters. This group is called
The chorus
Antigone's father was
Oedipus, ill-fated king who murdered his father and married his mother
Antigone's two brothers, Eteocles and Polyneices,
fought on opposite sides in a war for power in Thebes
Creon is
The new king of Thebes
Eteocles and Polyneices
Died in battle
The king of Thebes has declared that
Eteocles is to be given a funeral and full honor while Polyneices' body will be left for the sun and the carrion animals
Antigone asks Ismene to help her
to bury Polyneices'body
When Antigone asks Ismene for help, Ismene
refuses, and is unsuccessful in persuading Antigone not to do the deed
The Chorus of Antigone consists of
The Theban elders
Which of these values does Creon praise in his initial speech to the Chorus?
Loyalty to the state
The Sentry character can be seen as an experiment. In the context of the norms of Greek drama, what is unusual about this character?
his speech is written in a somewhat naturalistic style
The Sentry reports that
someone has buried Poylneices
The Chorus, on first hearing the Sentry's news, wonders if
God did it
Creon tells the Sentry that
he must find the culprit or face execution
The Sentry brings back
The Sentry has witnessed
a sudden and mysterious dust storm, which he takes as a sign of the gods' displeasure
When brought before Creon, Antigone
defends her actions by asserting the supremacy of divine law
According to an interpretation offered in this study guide, the motivations for Antigone's rush to martyrdom may have something to do with
The social position of women
In comparing the two sisters, one could most convincingly argue that
Antigone consistently keeps her agency while Ismene seems to have very little agency
When Creon has Ismene brought before him, Ismene
tries to take some of the blame for burying Polyneices
Isemene pleas with Creon, asking him if he really has the heart to kill Antigone, who is
Haemon's betrothed, and thus Creon's future daughter-in-law
Haemon, Creon's son enters. What happens in their conversation?
At first Haemon seems to agree with his father, but when he tries to persuade Creon to spare Antigone the two men have a vicious argument.
Antigone is pro..
Creon is anti-...
Hammond is Creon's
He will not bury Polyneices' because he is a ...
conflict between
Character traits that contribute most are...
Initial conflict, hubris, Creon and Antigone have hubris. They are sure, yielding, stubborn, they base there pride upon principle just cause its family
Whom was Antigone meant to marry?
What does Creon do just before he finds Antigone dead?
Gives Polynices a proper burial
When was Antigone written?
441 B.C.
The Chorus react to the Guard's news by suggesting that
what happened is the work of the gods
When the Guard brings in Antigone, he expresses
relief that he himself is clear of trouble
Confronted by Creon, Antigone is
Creon orders that Antigone be
Sealed inside a cave
In her final appearance Antigone states that she
would not have acted as she did if the dead man were her husband
Creon begins to suspect that he has acted wrongly when
Teiresias reports unfavorable omens
What happens when Creon goes to rescue Antigone?
Creon's son Haemon, having found Antigone hanged, tries to kill Creon then kills himself.