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Antigone notes and important themes

by: Joshua Weintraub

Antigone notes and important themes POL 1040

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outline of my interpretation of the important aspects and characters of Antigone, not yet in depth will upload another document
Intro to political theory
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Date Created: 08/30/16
Intro to Political Theory: Antigone Notes: 8/25/16 Characters to Note:  Antigone­ Main Character of play, “The play’s tragic heroine” (Spark notes).  Disagrees with  Ismene, Antigone is withdrawn shy, and defiant.    Creon­ Antigone’s Uncle, a power oriented, self centered, yet humble man.  He has distanced  himself from the tragic deaths of his family members.  Some could say that during the course of  this play, Creon is “mad with power.”  Consumed by greed and self­righteousness, Creon is  almost a perfect example of how “Absolute power corrupts Absolutely.”  He is the antagonist; he  sentenced Antigone to death for burying her brother and defying his will.    Chorus­ Narrator and Commentator,   Ismene­ the beautiful, humorous, and understanding Sister of Antigone.  Disagrees with Antigone about defying Creon and refusing to bury their brother.  In the end she begs to follow Antigone to  her demise, despite of this she is spared.       Haemon­ Son of Creon and Eurydice, Cousin of Antigone.  Kills himself upon discovering  Antigone’s dead body.        Eurydice ­ Wife of Creon, Mother of Haemon.  Kills herself upon hearing of her son’s death.   Themes: The Nature of Tragedy according to the context of the play, the term tragedy is indicated as a  “machine in perfect order.”  This is essentially stating that tragedy has been waiting to happen,  this is due to tragedy being outside of human comprehension. This could potentially lead us to  believe that “outside forces” are indeed at work.  By the end of the play, the main characters carry  the belief that “all is inevitable.”    The Sisters’ Rivalry Sisters act as rivals for the majority of the story.   Chorus narrator of story  Important Quotes and Their meaning (from my interpretation):  “I didn't say yes. I can say no to anything I say vile, and I don't have to count the cost. But  because you said yes, all that you can do, for all your crown and your trappings, and your guards —all that your can do is to have me killed.”    Said by Antigone  She is refusing to follow  Creon’s laws.  In return, Creon bound by his own oath as King, must execute Antigone, despite  not wanting to do so.    “I’ll beg the dead to forgive me”    Ismene  regrets not supporting Antigone.  Ismene now  realizes that she may have originally benefited by following Creon’s law, but supporting he sisters Rebellion, in order to honor their family is more important.   “What man alive would dare?”  Creon  A quote that can easily be interpreted as one of a  dictator.  Creon, in his own ignorance and hunger for power, fails to realize how oppressive he  really is.  This quote demonstrates how Creon views himself, and how powerful he expects his  rule of law to be.  He puts himself above those with less power than him, and if someone were to  defy him, they would likely die.  In a way this quote emphasizes Creon’s belief that the previous  statement should be common knowledge among his constituents.    “For mortal men there is no escape from the doom we must endure.”  Chorus  Essentially  stating that men must endure tragedy in order to be considered for any “greater purpose,” or  passage to heave, or any other form of afterlife”   


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