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HUMN 151 ANTIGONE ASSIGNMENT and STUDY GUIDE We will be watching extracts from Sophocles’ play, Antigone. Answer the questions (printed in bold capital letters), and put your answers in your notebook. YOUR TEXT HAS THE COMPLETE TEXT OF THE PLAY (IN A DIFFERENT TRANSLATION). The excepts are as follows: 1. The soldier, accused by Creon of conspiring to bury the body of Polynices, goes back to try to catch the criminal. 2. The Chorus (in this case, 12 famous actors) declaims the Hymn to Mankind. WHAT IS THE OFFICIAL NAME FOR THIS PART OF A GREEK TRAGEDY? NOTICE THE END OF THE HYMN. WHAT SHOULD HUMANS DO IN ORDER TO PROSPER? WHAT SORT OF ATTITUDE WILL BRING TRAGEDY? 3. The soldier returns with Antigone, and describes how she was caught burying the body. DESCRIBE THE IMPROMPTU FUNERAL CEREMONY THAT SHE PERFORMS, 4. Antigone and Creon face one another, and each states his or her position. WHAT IS CREON’S ARGUMENT IN SUPPORT OF HIS POSITION? WHAT IS ANTIGONE’S ARGUMENT? 5. Creon’s son tries to make him see reason.
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Unformatted text preview: WHY, ACCORDING TO HIS SON, SHOULD CREON PARDON ANTIGONE? WHAT IS CREON’S REPLY? 6. The prophet Tireseus comes to warn Creon that the gods are angry at what he has done. WHY DOES CREON SAY THAT HE SHOULD IGNORE TIRESEUS’ ARGUMENT? 7. [After Tiresues leaves, Creon finally realizes what a horrible mistake he has made, and dashes off to try to make things right. This scene is not on your video.] 8. The Messenger returns to tell the Chorus what happened at the grave. (Remember, violent scenes always take place off stage in Greek drama.) WHAT DID THEY FIND AT THE TOMB? WHAT HAPPENED TO CREON’S SON? 9. Creon’s wife, learning of the death of her son, kills herself. 10. Creon returns with the body of his son. WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THE LAST LINE OF THE PLAY, ABOUT “AN OLD MAN MADE WISE THROUGH SUFFERING”? IF TRAGEDIES WERE WRITTEN TO TEACH PEOPLE ABOUT HOW THEY SHOULD AND SHOULD NOT BEHAVE, WHAT ARE THEY SUPPOSED TO LEARN FROM ANTIGONE ?...
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