Creon as Protagonist in Antigone

The word protagonist, or in Ancient Greek, protagonistes, means, “one who plays the chief part.” In Greek tragedies, this was commonly viewed as the first character to actively address the chorus. It is for this reason and relations between his character and the characteristics of a protagonist that I believe Creon is the true main character of Sophocles’ Antigone. According to Aristotle’s Poetics, the four characteristics of a tragic hero, most often in ancient Greek tragedies the protagonist, boil down to position, tragic flaw, reversal, and recognition. In the beginning of the play, Creon is in a station of high power as the king. However, when faced with the problem of Antigone’s punishment, he makes a tragic error which can be blamed on his pride. At this point he hits his reversal and recognition in the span of a few pages, as can be seen in the following quote:

“Ohhh,

So senseless, so insane… my crimes,

My stubborn, deadly—

Look at us, the killer, the killed,

Father and son, the same blood—the misery!

My plans, my mad fanatic heart,

My son, cut off so young!

Ai, dead, lost to the world,

Not through your stupidity, no, my own.”

Creon obviously recognizes he has made a huge mistake, but much too late. His four stages of becoming recognizable as a tragic hero differ him greatly from Antigone and cause me to believe it is he and not Antigone who is the protagonist of this ancient play.

Personal response: Antigone

After I finished reading the play “Antigone”, I asked myself ‘who is the main character or protagonist of this play?’. It could either be the king of Thebes Creon or the daughter of Oedipus Antigone, however I think it would make more sense if it was Antigone because even the play is named after her. Furthermore, because she is standing up for what she believes, injustice for his brother. Moreover it shows her integrity and loyalty to her family especially her brother, Polynics, which she insist to bury while knowing if she did it she would die. This makes Antigone a heroic character because she stands up for her beliefs even knowing that she will die. But after giving more thought to it, it could also be Creon since this character demonstrated ‘recognition’ of his own flaws and also consciousness of his mistakes and starts to regret. Additionally, the character Creon shows the change of ignorance to knowledge, meaning he realised his mistakes and wants to compensate for them. Due to the Creon’s arrogance and his ‘power’ it lead to the death of Antigone, his son and then his wife which makes this a tragedy. Since, Creon thinks everything he does is correct and is not to be questioned because his ‘power’ it then overwhelmed him leading him losing all his family members and loses his will and lets himself be taken away. Nevertheless, the play ‘Antigone’ is very interesting because it demonstrates standing up for owns belief even though the price is death and also how death ‘cost a price’ just like how Creon killed Antigone it cost his son and wife.

 

Antigone essays

I decided to read three essays for the assignment with them being: Cropp – Antigone’s final speech, Ledbetter – Sophocles, Antigone and Margon – The Death of Antigone.

The first essay i read was ‘Antigone’s final speech’. What i got out of this was the amazement that Antigone’s final speech is one of the most discussed passages in one of the world’s most famous works of literature. It was also interesting the learn that little attention has been given towards discussing the rhetorical design of Antigone’s final speech. It was interesting to read and learn about people’s different opinions about the subject and the most interesting point of it being the debate of Antigone’s reasoning about her decision of burying her brother, which incidentally has been going on since the year 1821. This is the most interesting argument to me among other things discussed in the essay concerning the matter because it is a reason why surprisingly little attention has been given to the rhetorical design of the speech as it is the problematic central section of the speech.

Some of the critics who were involved in the debate as of Antigone’s reasoning to bury her brother rejected 904-20 in the speech.

“Still, to those with good sense I did well to honour you. Never if it were children and I their mother, nor if it were my husband dead and decaying, by no means then would I in defiance of the citizens have shouldered this burden. What law do I satisfy in saying this? With a husband dead i would have had another, and a child from another if bereaved of this one; but when my mother and father are hidden in Hades, no brother could ever be bred for me again. Yet now that I have done you special honour because of this law, I have in Creon’s judgment done wrong and acted with deadfall audacity, dear brother. And now he takes me, manhandling me in this way, unbedded, unwedded, getting no share of marriage or children’s rearing – no, thus bereft of dear ones, thus ill-fated, i go still living to the cavern’s of the dead.”(904-20)

It is understandable why some critics may not see how 904-20 or in some cases only 905-13 served the purpose of proving to Antigone’s fellow citizens that she acted for good reason. But i think that some critics have failed to see the rhetorical design of the speech. I also think that the speech may have been overtime lost in translation, which complicates things. For example the greek word on page 140 line 11 the meaning of the word is not clear.

The second essay i read was ‘The Death of Antigone’ by Joseph S. Margon. I find the discussion whether Antigone’s death was indeed inevitable or if her death could have been avoided if it were not for Creon’s decision to bury Polyneices beforehand very interesting because i myself cannot decide. I think all scholars involved in the discussion make valid points as that the time it took Creon to bury Polynices, and when Antigone committed suicide. If she had killed herself immediately after being immured it would have been unlikely that Creon be able to save her even if he didn’t decide to bury Polynices first. The simplest thing to do may to be to agree with Jebb, who believes that there is no way of ascertaining whether Antigone could have been saved. Another point discussed was whether Teiresias’s warning had really offered Creon the chance to fix the matter or if his failure and suffering had already been determined and was indeed inevitable. Others like Ivan Linforth thinks that the warning given to Creon by Teiresias was simply a chance to improve his character and/or spirit, but the consequences of Creon’s actions could still not be avoided.

In the essay Margon refers to Haemon’s death as a suicide, which i do not think is correct. A suicide would imply that Haemon took his life at his own will but Haemon’s death was indeed an accident as he fell on his own blade piercing him through the heart and killing him. Eurydice’s death may be referred to as a suicide as she killed herself at her own will shortly after the discovery of her last son’s death.

The third essay i read was Sophocles, Antigone by Grace M. Ledbetter. I chose to read this essay among others because the topic that Ledbetter writes about is a very interesting topic i find. She writes about Creon’s words when he discovers Antigone dead and Hamon next to her. Creon’s words “Unhappy boy, what a deed you have done! What came into your mind? What disaster destroyed your reason?” are very curious and I have been very curious to know what Creon meant with his words ever since i read it in the book. Discussions have brought up several ideas as of why Creon had such an outburst. Claims have been made that what caused Creon’s outburst is Haemon’s entry into Antigone’s tomb and others have claimed that it is because Creon knows that Haemon intends to kill himself. Creon’s words may also have been directed towards Antigone as it would be strange if Creon had no reaction to Antigone’s death as he expected to find her alive. Ledbetter explores many reasons for Creon’s reaction that are worth considering but it may be impossible to justify the exact reasons for his reaction. The scene is surrounded by an atmosphere of great confusion after all. I have already considered lots of these options on my own before ever reading the essay but one possibility that Ledbetter explored that has never occurred to me and i find very interesting is the possibility that upon finding Antigone dead, the painful distress that Creon felt when he discovered Antigone dead does not indicate a change of heart. He has not acquired a new fondness for her but the face that she is dead means inevitable disaster for him. This a was very interesting point and makes a lot of sense to me because of Teiresias’s previous warning and freeing Antigone was his only hope of redemption.

I enjoyed reading the essays and i have learned a lot about the play by reading the different discussions and opinions stated by different people. Through reading the essays i have developed a better understanding of the story and the different meanings behind different aspects of the play. I was surprised to learn that different discussions have been raging on for so long and i think a reason for this is because the play must have been lost in translation over time, which complicates certain things causing some things to maybe even be impossible to justify the reasons for certain things.

Brecht’s Antigone at the living theater- Phelps

I decided to write about Brecht’s Antigone at the living theater- Phelps, which showed me the way the theater was planned out in modern times and back in those days. Antigone had been translated so it was easier for the actors. They stated that they tried to put modern lighting, media and language to make the audience see the lesson to be taught in the play. The difference between back then and now is that when the play was acted out long ago they would actually kill people and then of coarse no one would learn where as today it is all improvised and has a bigger effect on the audience. The reason why it teachers the audience more in the modern day is because instead of being traumatized and gossiping about someones death and seeing the horror of someone being killed, you then see the story line and talk about the actual story rather than the killing only. One thing mentioned which I thought was pretty interesting was “According to the concepts of the Elders, man is more or less at the mercy of destiny and has no power over it. In his version of the play, B.B. has re-placed this concept with the notion that man’s fate is man himself.” this quote described how the play had been changed but by still changing it a bit it was still poetry and was still the old Antigone. I learned a lot about the theater by this article and how many things can be changed a little and then have a complete different meaning.

Antigone

We have been studying the Greek tragedy Antigone. Antigone was one of the four children of Oedipus and Jocasta, which leads to the play. The play is after the Theben, which was fought between the two kings Eteocles and Polynices. These are also brothers and sons of Oedipus and Jocasta. This leads straight to the play, since the two brothers both killed each other during the war. Creon the king of Thebes declares that Eteocles gets a burial and Polynices doesn’t, since he was announced a traitor of Thebes. The play is about Antigone giving her brother a burial. Even though she knows she will be executed if she does it. This is the law that Creon has created to make sure nobody gives Polynices a funeral.

I enjoyed this piece of Greek tragedy, since it relates to the feeling towards family and nation. It also shows how important the family bonds are and shouldn’t be broken EVER! What I really like about the play is how Antigone is strong to the very end. Even though she knows that she is going to die. There are other parts of the play where Antigone is disrespectful against Creon. The effect of this is that Creon, who is the king of Thebes becomes angry, since he doesn’t want to show that he is weak. Haemon (Creon’s son) who also is engaged with Antigone tries to convince his father not to kill her, but he doesn’t succeeds. It is interesting to read the Greek traditions and roles between men and women. This makes also ‘Antigone’ interesting.

Antigone

In the last month were reading a play called Antigone. the play shows the bond between sibilings. It shows what family is willing to do for each other.
After the 2 brothers were sharing the kingdom so every year one brother was the king , but Polynices wants to be to be the king so he starts a war against his own brother and kingdom. The brothers soon start fighting and kill each other. Eteocles was “given a ful barier with a hero’s honors” (219). But Polynices “had to be left unbaried, his cropse carrion for the birds and dogs to tear”(229-230). that was the law that Creon made. He saif that “Whoever disobays in the least will die….stoning to death inside the city wall” (42-43)

Creon- the king of thebes, gave this law that Polynices must not be buries, people can’t be sad for his death and who ever will bary him  we be stoned to death. with law was made so that  everybody will see how good and strong of a king he is and how he takes care of treators(takes care of the people safe). He wants to show what will happen to enybody that betreats Thebes. Thats where Antinoge comes in. She is the sister of the two dead kings. Antigone wants to bary Polynices. She believes that the law of the gods is mush higher then the law OF human. She is willing to risk her life for the higher law and what she bilieves in. At firts she tells Ismene , here sister, what she is planing to do. Antigone is asking ismene if she will share the work with her. Ismene says :”what? youd bary his- when the law forbids the city??”(54) Antigone anwers  “No one will ever convict me of a traitor”(57) and by that she means that no one will acouse her of being a traton, because she doesn’t betray her family and her prinsiples. Ismene ansers, look what our family went through: our father gouged his won eyes after realizing that he killed his own father and marring his own mother, our two brothers killing each other becuase of a fight dying in the same day and now you want to risk your like for something that is forbined by the law??. Ismene doesnt what enything to happen to Antigone. its the only family she has left.  she also said a couple of times in the play that she can’t live without Antigone, her sister. what where we ask our selves as we did in class, if Imsene knew what Antigone is going to do and knew that she will be killed for that, aslo saying that she cant live withour her, why did she said that he also had a part in the barier when she didnt and why didnt she just joined her in the first place??

when Creon realizes someone went against the law the firts thing that comes to his mind as a reason for the act in money. for his money is the only motivation for doing such thing. he doenst even think that someone actually wants bo bary him. but when he finds out that it wa Antigone that went againt the law the first thing he asks is if she “deny a thing”(491). Antigones’ respons is” I did it, I dont deny a thing. she knows that the punishment for her act is to be stoned to death but she isnt afaid of death, she makes no atempt to hide what she did. this could be both heroic and desprate. I think that she is a hero, going aaginst the law, doing something that you know is right but also know that its going to be the last thing you ever do, doing it with pride and to looking back, no regreting anything, no denying anything. not being afraid of the human law because you know that the higher law will” protect” you after you die. all these things are heroic things. On the other hand I also think that the reason that she didnt make any atempt to hide her actions which as mentioned before could be heroic but also desprate. Antigone didnt have the easiest life, she thinks that her family had been Cursed and this is why all the family is fussering so much. she had a hard life and meybe she just gave up, doing one last important action, so that people will rebember what she did and die. because when she dies thats when the suffering ends, she wont need to think about her father or her brothers, or the wrong laws anymore , because she will be dead.

When Creon decided the law, he said that the person that will be found going against that will be stoned to death, which is a long and powerful death. however when hefounds out that it was antigone that did it and that she wants to die, he didnt want to kill her anyomre, becuase its like giving her what she wants.
Creon wished that Antigone would of begged for her like, begging of forgivness, for regret. but when she didnt do any of these things killing her wasnt a punishment for her act, for her it was a reward, a gift, a wish come true.

 

Personal response to Antigone

In recent classes, we have been reading a play called Antigone. It is a play about a girl, sought to bury one of her brothers, ‘Polynices’, who had been killed in battle by her other brother, ‘Eteocles’, who had also been struck down by Polynices, while invading their home village of Thebes. The act of burying Polynices was forbidden by the current king ‘Creon”, Antigone’s uncle, who sees Polynices as a traitor and therefore does not deserve a proper burial. Antigone decides to disobey the laws set by Creon and chooses to obey the law of the gods instead. Antigone knows there are consequences to her actions but she stands proud and does not deny anything. She does not ever get to properly give her brother a full proper burial but instead only sprinkle some dust on his corpse. Antigone’s actions leads to terrible consequences as does Creon’s.

I thought play was an interesting one, that involved certain things that we today might find strange, for example the fact that Antigone was meant to marry her cousin and her father, Oedipus being married to his own mother and having four children, Antigone being one of them. I enjoyed the tragedy at the end of the play and found that the deaths of Antigone and Haemon reminded me of the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. The tragedy that was presented to Creon was also interesting with the accidental death of his son and and suicide of his wife Eurydice, who killed herself after discovering the death of her second son. Both Antigone and Creon show great pride and stubbornness when it came to fighting for what they believed in, and in some parts of the play it was hard to identify which one of them was the main protagonist of the story.  I think the main moral of the story is that lack of judgement can be one of mankind’s greatest flaws and is one of the causes that will eventually lead to our own suffering.

Antigone review

In class recently we have been reading Antigone, Which I personally think is an… Well it’s an interesting book with a ton of strange family relationships and killing. The book does not have many pages which makes you analyse the meaning of each word more.

Antigone was a book which was easier to understand, however I did not understand the role of the chorus and the other group which name I have forgotten. I did not understand the role of them and if their approval had any meaning? And a question I was wondering is why is the book called Antigone? Is it because she caused a problem because it seems as the main character is Creon and Antigone disobeyed the rules of Creon.

Reflections on IOs -Antigone

In today’s IOs, I learned a great number of pieces of information that I was not aware of before. A few of the things that I was aware of was the greek myths and legends connected to Antigone and that women rights in ancient greek times were far below that of men. However before todays IOs I couldn’t connect my knowledge of ancient Greece to the play Antigone.

After the IOs I was able to piece together that Antigone’s behaviour in the play Antigone is quite significant as it shows her rebel like attitude going against the general rule of that time where the women were submissive and followed orders. A perfect example of thisis the character of  Ismene who represents the normal, lower view of a woman during those times. As Antigone was supposedly the ‘protaganist’ of the play it made me wonder whether Sophocles who wrote the play was encouraging or even starting the idea of revolution and equal rights between the men and the women.

I learnt that Sophocles’ reason (that people who wrote about him claimed) for writing was political as is the same as many who have used the tale, which has shown that it is not interpreted as a feminist tale but a form of resistance. Much later Jean Anouilh rewrote the play with the same intent in mind to spark the idea of revolution and to portray the French Resistance’s struggle against Vichy France.

I know that in ancient Greece, there were many gods, (12 major and hundreds of minor and demi-gods) who were often portrayed as cruel or uncaring due to the fact that they were higher beings. I was not aware however of the fact that some people took it a step further and portrayed the gods as being stupid. This is relevant since in the Antigone, the gods are portrayed as uncaring of tragedy that befalls Oedipus and his family for any good reason.

Through todays IOs although I didn’t learn much new information I was able to see how the knowledge that I possessed of Ancient Greece connected with the text.

Sophocles , Antigone

How was your understanding of cultural and contextual considerations of the work developed through the interactive oral?

 

In today’s IOs, I learned that, in the Ancient times, role of a greek women was not as equal to the man’s as I’d imagined. I assumed that women did have equal rights in ancient Greece as today, just as some things, such as homosexuality were prominent and socially accepted then, but were attacked by societies dominated by Christian cultures, and come back.

I have now learned that on the contrary, the women did not have much say in political affairs and that Antigone’s behaviour in the play Antigone is actually quite significant because she did stand up against authority, whereas Ismene is supposed to represent the normal, lower view of a woman and  that Antigone is bold and exceptional standing up for her belief. I also did not know that similar things had happened in ancient times and that Sophocles had just changed the names.

I know that in ancient times, there were many gods, enough for some to be evil and some to be killed, which does not happen in monotheism. I knew that  polytheists would worship the gods they chose and as many as they chose, going across cultures. I did not know that this extended further to where the gods were sometimes portrayed as being stupid and downright cruel. This is relevant since in the Theban Plays, the gods are not portrayed as dealing misfortune to Oedipus and his family for any good reason.

Sophocles’ reason for writing (political) is the same as many who have used the tale, which has shown that it is not (thank god) interpreted as a feminist tale. Jean Anouilh rewrote the play to portray the French Resistance’s struggle against Vichy France (the southern part which sympathized with the Nazis).

I learned that Sophocles was renown both before death and posthumously, but I didn’t learn much about how his life was relevant to his works as he never wrote an autobiography and the only information we have is from what others have written of him. I did learn that he was a general in the Athenian campaign against Samos in 441BC, so understood how war politics worked, so perhaps this is factored into his works.

Antigone

I must say I was pretty impressed with ‘Antigone’. It was much more interesting than I expected. And this interesting means entertaining and exciting, not ‘boring’. A big part of why I enjoyed it was because of the sad ending, it’s really dramatic and unexpected, but then that’s whats so special about it. At one time through reading the play, I was wondering what was going to happen, since Creon didn’t seem to change his mind about killing Antigone, and there seemed to be nothing going on. However, I was happy that the play ended up somewhere, unlike other stories where there seems to be no proper ending to the novel. I really liked this depressing ending, it just leaves me more drained of emotion, but also something to think about. Where as if Antigone had ended up saved in the end and became a well-known heroine, the play wouldn’t be as interesting at all. It’s the sense that Creon admitted his wrong, but was still unable to save both his son and Atigone, leaving him in tragical situation. Antigone’s death made her an even  stronger heroine, leaving more impact for the audience and readers.

Antigone

Antigone was quite enjoyable and contains some interesting thoughts.

What stuck out to me (and am guessing was supposed to stick out) was how Creon thought his rule was supposed to please him, not the people and how whatever he said was as important as the gods’ commands. Creon seems rather arrogant until Tiresias comes and corrects him. He also seemed rather paranoid. He was worried that the sentry was bribed, and this bribery was ongoing against him.
The chorus seemed a bit sycophantic. They are loyal to Oedipus and according to Creon, “even after he died, your loyalty was unshakeable”. They later say of Antigone “Wretched, child of wretched father” and seem to be agreeing with everything he says. The thought of them being stupidly loyal to the king passes when they join over to the side of the gods, correcting Creon. The other idea that “Wretched” may mean what it does today also passed when Creon calls his wife “Wretched” after her suicide.

So, Creon’s too late and everyone dies anyway, blames himself and the Leader gives such great advice “Good advice, if there’s any good in suffering. Quickest is best when troubles block the way”, which I feel, to paraphrase means “if there’s big suffering, just kill yourself.”

Antigone

I thought Antigone was a pretty good play, though not quite as good as Oedipus.  One thing I always enjoy about tragedies is witnessing how fate coupled with the seemingly unimportant decisions of the characters (in hindsight) result in the death of almost everyone.  Even though Creon acts upon Tiresias’ commands that he must go free Antigone and bury Polynices, he shows up just in time to see his son take his own life over Antigone’s suicide.  One aspect of the play that I’m still unsure about is the final lines of the chorus at the end of the play – in particular the line “Wisdom is by far the greatest part of joy.”

Antigone

My first thoughts on Antigone where much like everyone else’s – “what a load of rubbish”

I found the language boring and sometimes confusing, the “chorus” quite simply drove me mad. Then i decided to re-read it without what ever the “chorus” had to say and I found that the story was a little easier to follow, plus a little more exciting. After I did that, I ended up enjoying the story quite a bit more. I admire Antigone for standing up for what she believed even though the consequences were bad. Creons’ son confused me at times also as one moment he was backing his father and next he was saying he’d die with Antigone if his father chose to kill her.. I think the story will make more sense the more I read it through and the more I start to explore everything in it 🙂

Antigone – Reflection

I really enjoyed reading Antigone. I felt that after reading the story of Oedipus and Polynices and his brother’s story, it helped me understand Antigone’s story much better. I understood the general story and plot but whenever the chorus had a part, I didn’t really understand much. I also felt that the ending stopped at a wierd place because we didn’t really get to understand what really happens to the rest of the characters. I didn’t really understand Ismene’s fate at the end.

All in all, I really enjoyed this play. It was really interesting to see the ways in which Antigone and Ismene differs. Antigone wants glory after death and not to live a long fulfilled life like Ismene and despite their great differences they still have a strong sisterly bond and in the end Ismene is willing to die along with Antigone even thought she didn’t do the crime. I felt that the characters in this play is very dramatic because Haemon and, Ismene and Eurydice were all willing to die for the ones they loved. Haemon commited suicide for his bride Antigone, Ismene for her sister and Eurydices for her son. In the end, Creon’s plan to punish Antigone fails and he is punished by his son commiting suicide and his wife following because she was so distraught over her son’s death and blames Creon for her son’s death.

Reflection-Antigone

After reading Antigone, I’ve especially sympathised with the dilemma of Antigone and Ismene, and wondered about the tragedy that occured to Creon.
Antigone  insisted on burying the body of Polynices  by risking her own life, whereas Ismene rather chose to obey Creon’s order (even though she runs back to Antigone afterwards). Polynices’ reason to attack Eteocles was in fact fair: after Oedipus’ death they agreed to rule the country year after another, but since Eteocles refused to step down  from the first year Polynices started to attack him. Therefore, if I was in position of Antigone (his family member), I would feel that it’s part of my duty to bury my brother even if I’ll die as a consequence. Also, by burying Polynices she’ll gain everlasting glory: which was very important quality back then. So by gainig comfort of burying her brother and also personal glory, Antigone could have chosen to give up her own life.

 However, I also sympathise with Ismene’s decision since it’ll still be hard to risk one’s own life: especially in Greek culture. It was believed that people had no afterlife beyond death, so to Antigone and Ismene the life they lived was the only chance to explore the world, meet various people and live a happy life. It’ll be really hard to give up those chances in exchange for the Polynices’ glory who’s already dead.

Furthermore, I was also interested in the tragedy of Creon. Creon made Polynices’ death disgraceful even though he had righteous reason to attack Eteocles. I’ve heard that the best way of giving one torture is not to curse or kill the one but to cause misfortune to happen to one’s family or close people. In that way, the successive death of Antigone, Haemon and Eurydice can be seen as the ultimate punishment given to Creon. Tiresias also implicitly warned Creon that misfortune will happen to him; I believe this is because Creon glorified Eteocles’ death, who broke toe promise and didn’t give throne back to Polynices, and disgraced Polynice’s death, who stood up against his brother who broke the promise. Creon didn’t want to kill Antigone in the first place, but his wrong decision to k ill people who buries Polynices’ body and treat Polynice’s body, who shares blood with him, as that of an enemy, seemed to have angered the God and caused tragedy to happen. But I still thought that tragedy was too much for what Creon has done: there could have been other ways to acknowledge him of his sin and persuade him to change his thoughts, but it just ended up by destroying three innocent lives.

Overall, I thought that the story of Antigone was didactic and interesting: it taught me of the dilemmas of our lives, and encouraged me to make personal judgement towards the validity of tragedy that happened to Antigone, Haemon, Eurydice and finally Creon. And even though the general plot is made clear, I still hope that I can understand the part of the Chorus and their roles. ( I didnt understand the Chorus most of the time!)

Antigone (reflections)

I think that Antigone is a really cool play. I have always been interested in Greek mythology, and Antigone, I found, was particularly tragic. I think that the main plot of the play is relatively simple to understand. The only thing, is that i get a little confused at the ‘chorus’ part. Sometimes the things that the ‘chorus’ talk about seem to be completely random and not related to the main storyline at all. I imagine the ‘chorus’ as a whole group of people, like royal subjects, who are in the palace standing about, and the whole paragraphs of speech under ‘chorus’ are things that they are saying. It may not necessarily be said by one person, but by all of them individually and collectively, completing each other’s sentences. I’m not sure if my interpretation of ‘chorus’ is correct, but it get’s quite confusing.

I think that there are a few interesting points to note. For example, Antigone seemed to want glory in death, and was reluctant to share the glory with her sister. Also, the scene of Haemon and Eurydice committing suicide because the people they loved (lover and son) died, seemed pretty dramatic. On the other hand, this can be viewed as a way to emphasise the fact that wrong decisions can lead to a terrible chain of actions beyond our deepest imaginations. I wonder if Antigone knew and predicted that her death would lead to the death of her lover (Haemon), and eventually lead to the destruction of Creon, and that, the destruction of Creon, was in fact her main aim.

Personal response to Antigone

I would like to start off by saying that it’s extremely confusing. The story itself is a very good one, however the script like form that it’s written in bugs me. It makes it seem like the story drones on and on and on. The best part of reading this was either the good plot or the chorus.While the chorus usually seem to drone on, the comments that they would give added a unique perspective to the poem. It helped e understand the way that people were thinking in that era while adding details that made the story more interesting. There were some parts of the story that confused me such as on pg121 Hades god of the underworld was referred to as ‘pluto’ which was his roman name, while throughout the entire book zeus was known as zeus instead of Jupiter (his roman name).

Antigone

The play so far is very interesting but very confusing at the same time. The reason for the confusing part is all the Greek names and the family’s even though they are roughly all in the same family.

I haven’t fully finished this play yet but so far I am finding it OK, it’s not that interesting but it will be nice to find out the ending. I respect Antigone, she does not care about her fate but she only wants to bury her Brother/Father. She is so loyal,  totally respect that, but the other sister Ismene she is scared and “wimpy” and you should stick by your family through everything. I hope there will be a good ending.