Notes on Antigone.rtf - Notes on Antigone First let’s review what has happened before we pick up with the story of Antigone This is what is already

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Notes on Antigone First, let’s review what has happened before we pick up with the story of Antigone. This is what is already established before the start of Antigone. Character of Antigone – She is the daughter of Oedipus, sister of Ismene, Polyneices, and Eteocles, and the niece of Creon (ruler of Thebes). In Oedipus at Colonus we meet Antigone leading around the blind Oedipus. She takes on the characterization of the care-giver, and she bears the responsibility of being the eyes for Oedipus. She also bears the burden of being a product of incest. In order to analyze Antigone, we will take a look at the elements of drama and how they function in the play. Spectacle (Setting) – Outside the city gate of Thebes. This is significant because Antigone is not yet inside the city, but retains a position as an outsider. Plot – The play of Antigone starts with Antigone talking with her sister Ismene. At this point, her mother has killed herself, her brothers fighting over the kingdom have killed each other, leaving Creon in charge of Thebes. Creon has issued an edict that Plyneices must not receive a proper burial. For the Greeks, this is a serious consequence. According to their beliefes, not receiving a proper burial does not allow a person to travel to the underworld.
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