What is the setting? Kingdom of Thebes, palace of Creon
To whom does Antigone refer as general and why does she use that term? Creon to represent his power. Wanting to emphasize his superiority over Thebes.
What new suffering must Antigone and her sister, Ismene, endure? They endure the sorrow of not being able to bury their brother
Contrast Ismene and Antigone Antigone does whatever and does not care about what people think. Ismene cares about what people think about her actions.
What does Antigone plan to do? Why is this task so important to her? What consequences will she face? She wants to bury her brother Polynices to keep his soul in peace. She could face death because she is disobedient.
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That men were born to lead and women should obey men
In lines 71-75, what literary term does Antigone use to describe herself? What conflict in values is represented in this phrase? A holy outlaw. Oxymoron
What approximate age is Antigone? 15
What is the purpose of the parados? To introduce the chorus
What general purpose did the chorus play in a Greek tragedy? What background information does the chorus provide in this instance? To give an overview of the play. It gives a background on what is happening in Antigone. Singing and dancing were part of the play
In lines 109-115, Sophocles uses a simile to compare the army from Argos to what? Why do you think he chose this comparison? A sharply crying eagle flying to our land
Which side in the war does the chorus favor? They support Thebes, or Eteocles' side
There are four gods that the chorus refers to in their first appearance. Name the gods and their duties. Zeus-god of all gods, Ares-war god, Bacchus-wine god, Hephaestus-fire god
What is Creon's attitude toward the chorus? Why has he called them together? He is arrogant towards them. To issue an edict on the non burial of the disloyal dead