ANTIGONE ENRICHMENT HW QUESTIONS
PROLOGUE AND PARADOS
|Decree | |Gouge | |Defy | |Absurdity |
Compare Ismene and Antigone’s reaction to the edict. Describe the values and priorities of each sister.
Describe Antigone’s state of mind in this scene? How is her mindset revealed?
What noble qualities does Antigone display? Does she reveal any faults?
How does Ismene respond to Antigone’s request for help? What does her response say about her character? What does her line at the end reveal about her true feelings?
What major theme does Sophocles introduce in this opening scene?
Examine the references to destiny and describe the role fate plays for these characters.
FIRST EPISODE AND STASIMON
|Furrow | | |Blithe | | |Yoke | | |Deviate | | |Carrion | | |Meritorious | | |Hallowed | |
According to Creon, what should the priorities of a good leader be? What is more important than anything else? Explain.
What is Creon’s most dominant trait as revealed in this opening statement? Is this positive or negative? Explain.
Why is Eteocles given an honorable burial while Polynices is not? How is this decree related to Creon’s philosophy about leadership?
Why is the Sentry afraid of bringing his news? What does this say about the citizens’ feelings in general toward Creon?
What do Creon and the Sentry argue about at the end of the episode? How is this argument used for Creon’s character development?
14) After speaking of death, the chorus references which two characters (lines 419-421)? Why is this significant?
15) The chorus speaks of “inhumanity thanks to reckless daring.” To which characters might this statement apply? SECOND EPISODE AND STASIMON
|Insolence | | |Prerequisite | | |Impiety | | |Consecrate |...