Antigone Vocab 3 Flashcards

Terms Definitions
Blatant
obvious
defile
make dirty
tidings
news, information
compulsive
compelling; compulsory.
Infanticide
murdering an infant
Wrath
strong, vengeful anger
Duly
As is required
la nourrice
the nanny
Lithe
adj. limber; physically flexible
trifling
foolish waste of time
transgress
to violate a law
immutable
not mutable; unchangeable; changeless.
anarchist
a person who advocates anarchy
Draconian
rigorous, harsh, severe, cruel
a severe code of laws established by Draco
Antigone
daughter of Oedipus: in Greek mythology, the daughter of Oedipus and his mother and wife Jocasta. Sentenced to death for defying an order that her brother should not be buried, she committed suicide.
Who were plays performed for?
Everyone
abiding by
to remain; continue; stay:
obsequies
a funeral rite or ceremony.
inviolate
free from violation, injury, desecration, or outrage.
acquit
declare not guilty, release from blame
calamity
great misfortune resulting in immense loss and sorrow; disaster.
Eurydice
 Creon's kind, knitting wife whose only function, as the Chorus declares, is to knit in her room until it is her time to die. Her suicide is Creon's last punishment, leaving him entirely alone.
tragic flaw
(hamartia)
act, moral flaw or intellectual mistake
render
to represent; depict, as in painting:
homage
respect or reverence paid or rendered:
ingenuity
the quality of being cleverly inventive or resourceful; inventiveness:
Resolution
the final unraveling or solution of the plot
chorus
functions as a means of relieving tension, interpreting events, and giving background information
Sentry
The term 'sentry' refers to those Thebans who are under orders from Theban King Creon to watch the unburied dead from the recent war with Argos.  One of their members, who is named simply 'Guard', has to tell the King of the burial of Polyneices, who is supposed to be left above ground for having fought alongside the Argive enemy. The 'Guard' also must tell the King of the identity of the violator, who is none other than Polyneices' sister Antigone.
Men
In Greek times, all actors were ____.
strident
making or having a harsh sound; grating; creaking:
contingency
dependence on chance or on the fulfillment of a condition; uncertainty; fortuitousness:
aphorism
a terse saying embodying a general truth, or astute observation, as "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely" (Lord Acton).
lineage
the number of printed lines, esp. agate lines, covered by a magazine article, newspaper advertisement, etc.
defilement
to make foul, dirty or unclean; to descrate
carcass
the dead body of an animal; slang for
What is the circular dancing place for chorus?
Orchestra
traverse
to pass or move over, along, or through.
promulgate
to set forth or teach publicly (a creed, doctrine, etc.).
rampart
a broad elevation or mound of earth raised as a fortification around a place and usually capped with a stone or earth parapet.
marred
to damage or spoil to a certain extent; render less perfect, attractive, useful, etc.; impair or spoil:
caparisoned
provided with or as if with a rich ornamental covering
What is the front wall of scene used for scenery to represent palace or temple?
Proskenion
uncensored
to delete (a word or passage of text) in one's capacity as a censor.
muses
to think or meditate in silence, as on some subject.
Who finds baby Oedipus on the mountain?
A shepard from Corinth
Antigone: The function of the chorus in Antigone Prologue through Scen 2 is to : (a) explain Antigone's motivation to Creon. (b) try to persuade Antigone to change her mind. (c) expose the main conflict of the play. (d) provide historical background and d
provide historical background and details
Antigone: Which of the following best explains Creon's motivation for decreeing that Polyneices should go unburied? (a) He believes the gods have commanded it. (b) He has a strong affection for Etocles (c) He does not want to honor a traitor. (d) He wants
He does not want to honor a traitor.
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