Sophocles ' Antigone By Sophocles Essay

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Aristotle lived during an era where Greek drama was at its pinnacle. The great Greek dramatist, such as Sophocles, Euripides, Aeschylus, and their works influenced Aristotle to create a rubric of what a perfect tragedy embodies. This standard for tragic plays is known as the Poetics. Written in the 4th century B.C.E. the Poetics defines tragedy in 7 characteristics: it is mimetic, it is serious, it tells a full story of an appropriate length, it contains rhythm and harmony, rhythm and harmony occur in different parts of the tragedy, it is performed rather than narrated, and it arouses feelings of pity and fear through catharsis. I will be using the seven characteristics of the Poetics to analyze Antigone by the renowned Greek dramatist Sophocles. In reference to the Poetics, the plot of a play should have an apparent beginning, middle, and end. Antigone technically does not have its own beginning. It is the last part of the Oedipus Trilogy making its plot for an episodic play. A Greek tragedy’s plot construction usually consisted of the prologue, parados, episodia and epilogue. In the prologue the chorus introduces the characters of the play and then recalls the events prior to Antigone’s tragedy (i.e. the finale of Oedipus at Colonus). The parados accompanies the prologue in that it continues to explain events that will arise. The episodia follow the parados, each telling the audience about specific events concerning certain characters. This is where the majority of the…

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