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Antigone (Sophocles play) – Wikipedia

Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Of the three Theban plays Antigone is the third in order of the events depicted in the plays, but it is the first that was written. His interpretation is in three phases: Views Read Edit View history. When she sees her brother’s body uncovered, therefore, she is overcome by emotion and acts impulsively to cover him again, with no regards to the necessity of the action or its consequences for her safety. Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser.

Thebes has defeated an onslaught of Argosian warriors, led by Polynices, the exiled son of Oedipus.

Many years have passed and Oedipus has become a wanderer, guided by the loyal Antigone. Antigone believes that there are rights that are inalienable antivone they come from the highest authority, or authority itself, that is the divine law. Through the sad tales of cursed families, they illustrate the evolution of Western civilization.


It may sound silly, but plays are meant to be heard out loud and not read silently. Tragedies usually ran in the morning and the more lighthearted comedies toward the end of the day. This lack of mention portrays the tragic events that occur as the result of human error, and not divine intervention.

The contrasting views of Creon and Antigone with regard to laws faglew than those of state inform their different conclusions about civil disobedience. Share your thoughts with other customers.

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Customers who bought this item also bought. Creonthe new ruler of Thebes and brother of the former Queen Jocasta, has decided that Eteocles will be honored and Polyneices will be in public shame. Indiana University Press, Similar to my Aeschylus readings, I picked up the Robert Fagles translation. This article is about the play by Sophocles. The rebel brother’s body will not be sanctified by holy rites and will lie unburied on the battlefield, prey for carrion animals like worms and vultures, the harshest anttigone at the time.

Antigone does not deny that Polyneices has betrayed the state, she simply acts as if this betrayal does not rob him of the connection that antigpne would anrigone otherwise had with the city. Archived from the original on 31 August There was a problem filtering reviews right now. The authentic Greek definition of humankind is the one who is strangest of all. Robert Fagles’s authoritative and acclaimed translation conveys all of Sophocles’s lucidity and power: Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go.


Man is deinon in the sense that he is the terrible, violent one, and antigonr in the sense that he uses violence against the overpowering. Product details File Size: The city is of primary importance to the chorus.

Antigone, daughter of Oedipus and sister of both Polynices and Eteocles, wants to bury the body of Polynices, but her uncle and Theban King, Creon, threatens anyone who does so with death. The Royal National Theatre. Retrieved 30 June While he rejects Antigone’s actions based on family honor, Creon appears to value family himself.

Oedipus is dead, yet the curse continues. Ismene tries to confess falsely to the crime, wishing to die alongside her sister, but Antigone will not have it. Tiresias warns Creon that Polyneices should now be urgently buried because the gods are displeased, refusing to accept any sacrifices or prayers from Thebes.

After Creon condemns himself, the leader of the chorus closes by saying that although the gods punish the proud, punishment brings wisdom.