Interactive Oral

Through todays interactive orals, the topics discussed were centred around Sophocles. Sophocles Antigone was written in 442 BC, although the actual story was based in 1200 BC. Antigone is a great example of how Greece was run during this time, how women are perceived as lesser human beings and also about the royal family of this time. While Antigone and Ismene are the main characters of this play, they each represent different aspects of a woman. Antigone depicts what a woman shouldn’t have been during this time, while Ismene depicts how a woman should have acted during this time period (dutiful, faithful to the royal family and refusing to express her true beliefs). Some elements of the culture of the era are evident throughout the play, mainly Ismenes’ role in the plot line. Ismene believed that although it was her brother, what the royals decided, based on “gods” decisions, should happen. She followed suit of the majority believing that one of her brother did not deserve a true burial. The importance of the burial ceremony was made clear to me through the Interactive Orals, where i was informed that the rites given at a true burial service during this time were essential to ensure happiness in the after life. Although some later depictions of Antigone were created, they all followed the same suite, one sister in favour of what the royals/government said and one sister in favour of what she believes is the correct thing to do.
Because Sophocles never wrote a biography and most of the information we have about him is based on stories passed on, it’s difficult to find where Sophocles got his inspirations for Antigone, other than the dilemmas that were going on during his life time (or what we think we may know about it).
I don’t feel todays interactive orals helped me gain much understanding on the cultural and contextual relations to Antigone as I don’t feel there was enough information found or told to the group, although learning that Sophocles wrote about life before he was even born did help me to understand some of what I appeared to misunderstand.