Antigone – Part II Tragic HeroLit DevicesSophocles Creon / Antigone Plot FINAL
Tragic Heroes 100 Creon might be considered a traditional Greek tragic character because he: Suffers greatly because of a flaw in his character.
Tragic Heroes 200 Does the Choragos agree with Creon’s final statement, “Fate has brought all my pride to a thought of dust”? No, because he believes Creon’s pride caused his ruin.
Tragic Heroes 300 What is the character flaw that brings down most tragic heroes? Hubris (excessive pride)
Tragic Heroes 400 Is the curse of Oedipus the cause of Creon’s downfall? Not directly. Antigone is Oedipus’ daugher, so it impacts her, but Creon is only Oedipus’ brother-in-law.
Tragic Heroes 500 The play states, “There is no happiness where there is no wisdom”. List / explain how 3 characters demonstrated a lack of wisdom and what it cost them Various: Creon, Antigone, Ismene, Haimon, Euridice, Polyneices, etc.
Literary Devices 100 Sophocles characterizes Antigone by making references to other characters in Greek mythology including Niobe, Danae, and King Lycorgos using which literary device? Allusion
Literary Devices 200 The phrase “Stubborn tree” is an example of which literary device? Personification
Literary Devices 300 When Haimon says to his father, “…the same thing happens in sailing; make your sheet fast, never slacken – and over you go, head over heels and under; and there’s your voyage” he is metaphorically referring to: Creon’s stubborn pride
Literary Devices 400 When Haimon is speaking to his father, he states that “her [Antigone’s] death will cause another” what literary device is being used? Foreshadowing
Literary Devices 500 The line, “Love, unconquerable waster of rich men… even the pure Immortals cannot escape you, and mortal man, in his one day’s dusk, trembles before your glory” is an example of which literary device? Personification
Sophocles 100 “Antigone” by Sophocles is the third play in a series of ____ plays, which was a common organization for tragic plays in ancient Greece: Three
Sophocles 200 In a sixty year period, Sophocles produced how many plays? 123 plays (only 7 survive as of today)
Sophocles 300 Sophocles plays were so popular that what measures were taken to protect him as a celebrity? The military had to protect him from his fans and maintain order
Sophocles 400 Sophocles playwriting career paralleled what historical era? The rise and fall of the Athenian empire
Sophocles 500 Sophocles was born in what city (The setting for the 2nd play in the three play story of Oedipus) Kolonos
Creon / Antigone 100 Antigone’s motive for burying Polyneices is her ____________. Loyalty
Creon / Antigone 200 What best explains Creon’s motivation for decreeing that Polyneices should go unburied? He does not want to honor a traitor (who threatens his rule)
DAILY DOUBLE Creon / Antigone Describe at least one moment (with specific details) in the story of Antigone when Creon exhibits hubris by ignoring the good advice of others. Explain why this lapse in judgment is significant to the plot of the story. His refusal to listen to Antigone His refusal to listen to his son; Haimon His refusal to listen to the prophet; Teiresias
Creon / Antigone 400 What primary characteristic does Creon reveal in the following words? “This girl is guilty of a double insolence, / Breaking the given laws and boasting of it. / Who is the man here, / She or I, if this crime goes unpunished?” Hubris (pride)
Creon / Antigone 500 Which conflict best describe the character flaws of the main characters in Antigone? Creon’s stubbornness against Antigone’s selfishness.
Plot 100 Readers can sympathize with Antigone because of her… Struggle to do what she feels is right
Plot 200 By identifying with Haimon, readers can best understand… The atmosphere in Thebes following Creon’s decree
Plot 300 What makes Creon relent regarding his decision to imprison Antigone and not bury Polyneices? He fears punishment from the gods
Plot 400 What is the meaning of Teiresias’ statement, “The generation of kings has/always loved brass”? Kings always seek apparent/ perceived value rather than real value
Plot 500 Which quotation best expresses an important theme of Antigone? “The only crime is pride.”
Centuries of critics and readers have debated who the tragic character is in Antigone—the title character or Creon. Which one do you believe is the tragic character? Answers will vary FINAL JEOPARDY!