Tuesday, February 17, 2009


"You want to bury him although it's forbidden in the city!"

This quote shows Ismene's surprise when her sister, Antigone requests help to perform her brother's burial, a main right of Greek women, a right stolen by their own uncle, the general, Creon.

The characters of this play are distinct, all having their own personal struggles.
  • Antigone- brave, independent young woman struggling to find her place; takes a stand; unafraid of being caught and sentenced to death.
  • Ismene- finds herself in a struggle to simultaneously maintain loyalty to her family and obey the law.
  • Creon- tyrannous ruler who abuses his power to declare unjust laws and proud to admit mistakes.
  • Haemon- son of Creon betrothed to Antigone; promises loyalty to his father yet he eventually takes sides with his soon-to-be wife, trying to reveal to his father the faults of his edict.
I dislike that Antigone is in book format. A story loses important detail when it is told through dialogue. Sophocles' Antigone confused me by leaving much to the reader's interpretations. Unless you are truly interested in Greek culture and dramas, I would not reccommend this play.

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