Period three (3)
September 13, 2011
1. What has happened to the two brothers and what does Ismene mean by the phrase “by doubled hand”?
| They fought each other to see who would become king. The phrase Ismene used “by doubled hand” meant that by killing themselves, they killed each other.
| 2. Why does Antigone suggest that she would be a traitor if she complied with the law?
| Due to the fact that it would not be fair to only bury the brother whom was “welcome” in the city, not the one who “betrayed” the city.
| 3. Who was Oedipus and what tragedy did he experience?
| He was the one who was given the prophecy to kill his father and marry his mother.
| 4. Why is Antigone willing to die for burying her brother? Why is the threat of earthly punishment apparently unimportant to her?
| Because she felt that since she had lost both of her brothers, she felt her soul was already dead.
| 5. By denying burial to Polynices, what message does Creon intend to convey? To whom is the message directed?
| He wanted to get the point across that he was now king.
| 6. According to the Guard, what was a “distressing marvel” about the burial and odd about the condition of Polynices’ body?
| The body had not been mangled.
| 7. Recall Creon’s opening speech in which he pledges to protect the city and keep its citizens safe? What is ironic about the Guard’s parting words?
| As soon as he figured out who had tried to bury the body, the guard volunteered to go back to clear their name.
| 8. What two general statements about mankind does the Guard make?
| “Sometimes man judges harshly”, and “man avoids responsibility. “
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