Antigone – Big Quiz

Antigone – Big Quiz

How is Antigone’s fate foreshadowed during her opening scene with Ismene? How does this foreshadowing affect our view of her character?
Ismene says that if Antigone goes against Creon, Antigone will die a more terrible death than the brothers did
She says it is impossible and unwise
The audience is apathetic for Antigone because she’s gonna die
How does Ismene respond to Antigone’s request for help? What does Ismene’s response say about her character?
Ismene says she’s mad and unwise
Ismene will not go against the law
She is compliant and meek and passive
How does Antigone react to Ismene’s reluctance to help her?
She says she is a traitor
What major theme does Sophocles introduce in the opening scene of his play?
morality over civil law
5. What does lsmene’s line at the end of her scene with Antigone reveal about Ismene’s true feelings?
Ismene thinks what Antigone is doing is unwise, but she knows it is righteous, furthermore showing her to be meek
What expositional purpose does the “parados,” or entrance of the chorus, serve in the play?
The chorus is a way of giving information without having to show the action happening.
The chorus gives background information
Where does the chorus’ sympathy seem to lie at the beginning of the play?
It seems that the Chorus is at the will of Thebes and Creon
What irony hangs over this opening choral ode?
Ironically, the first choral ode, which praises human intellectual achievement and control of nature, is preceded by Creon’s anger from being out of control
(violence to rejoice)
What is Creon’s attitude toward the chorus during the scene in which he delivers his edict?
He thinks generally high of them, addressing them with “gentlemen.”
How does the scene in which Creon delivers his edict serve to introduce him as a tragic hero?
He has a flaw of being way to prideful, he thinks he is the greatest guy in Thebes.
What ironies underlie the scene in which Creon makes his edict?
There is irony because Creon is declaring what will be done with the bodies of the brothers, and that nobody will bury one, but the reader already knows that Antigone is doing so.
What is the character of the sentinel? What purpose does he serve in his first appearance before Creon?
The sentinel, or messenger, is another source of information, like the chorus, without the audience having to actually see the action. The sentinel also serves some purpose for humor.
What hints are given that Creon is starting to lose the trust of those around him?
The “people speaking in alley ways against him” and the fact that someone disobeyed his order show that Creon is starting to lose the trust of those around him.
What is the purpose of the choral ode following the scene of Creon’s edict?
The ode shows some characteristics of the time period as well as Sophocles view that reason and control can mean freedom or tyranny.
Where do the chorus’ sympathies seem to be in this ode?
the people
How does the sentinel seem to feel about his arrest of Antigone?
happy- cause he can live
bad/sorry- cause its her
relief- he gon live
Who does the choral leader compare Antigone to in her scene with Creon?
her father
What role does Antigone’s womanhood play in Creon’s sentence?
angers him since shes a woman
How does Antigone respond to Ismene’s “confession” that she helped her sister?
angry; wont let ismene die. no credit
How does Antigone explain her actions to Creon?
truthful/prideful
What does Antigone say about the true feelings of the chorus? Is she correct?
she says they know whats right and they would honor her if they werent scared of Creon, she is correct
In its next ode, what does the chorus say about Antigone’s fate?
2nd paragraph, “no pride on earth is free of the curse of heaven”
how does haemon attempt to reason with his father?
he tries to reason with him about what the people are saying
How does Creon react to Haemon’s arguments?
he believes that haemon should support him, a leader is one voice
In this first scene with Haemon, what feelings does Creon reveal about leadership and democracy?
he says he everyone should “obey” him or the leader for success of the city
What change do we see in the chorus during Creon’s scene with Haemon?
first sides with king, but sees wisdom in haemon and tells king to listen
opinionated
What event is foreshadowed at the end of the scene between Creon and Haemon?
if antigone dies, haemon will die too
What change does Creon make in his plan to kill both Ismene and Antigone? Does this change indicate a change in his character?
not killing antigone dorectly, he said he wouldnt kill ismene, i dont think his character changes, i think hes still cruel, just to protect his authority
In the brief ode following Creon’s scene with Haemon, what view does the chorus express?
love will be the only winner
In Antigone’s final scene, what is the chorus’ reaction to her plight?
she is prideful
they mock her
“*you are responsible for this*”
How does Creon continue to underrate Antigone’s courage and determination?
a lementation still couldnt save her
death, no hope
What unusual or seemingly uncharacteristic things does Antigone say in her final scene?
she uses the word “crime” which is different than the rest of the play because she usually defends what she did, but she seems to question herself later
What is the purpose of the choral ode which follows Antigone’s final exit?
to give information and flow into the next scene
antigones plight like past gods
Compare Creon’s initial reception of Tiresias to the treatment he gives the prophet at the end of their scene together.
1)respect to you
2) his will over the truth
What is the significance of Tiresias’ prophecy against Creon?
downfall of a tragic hero
What does Creon decide after Tiresias exits?
that he should not fight fate, set antigone free, and bury polynesies
What is the subject and dramatic purpose of the final ode in the play?
What news does the messenger bring?
that haimon was dead and that antigone killed herself, queen killed herself
How is Eurydice’s death foreshadowed?
she disappears and choragas has to go check on her
whose body is brought onstage in the final scene? significance?
haemon, bad judgement
what realization does creon come to at the end of the play? how does this affect our view of him?
he was wrong to go against gods, sympathy kind of, pity, sorrow
“we must remember we are women born
unapt to cope with men; and, being ruled
by mightier than ourselves, we have to hear
These things-and worse”
Ismene
“my lord, i will not day- ‘breathless with speed
i come, plying a nimble foot;’ for truly
i had many sticking-points of thought,…”
sentry
“but be well assured
Tempers too stubborn are first to fail;..”
Creon
“Listen to what my art foreshadoweth
And thou shalt know”
tiresias
“tell it, tell it!
you’ll cross me worse, by far, if you keep silence-
not publish it to all”
Antigone
“And that i die
before my hour is due, That i count gain”
antigone
“..but whatever the tale
tell it again; i am no novice, I
in misery, that hearken”
Eurydice
“..for what more glorious crown
can be to children, than their fathers honour?
or to a father, from his sons, than theirs?”
Haimon
“..and at whose hands, and for what cause- that I
Duly performed the dues of piety!”
antigone
the river by Hades
acheron
goddess of love and beauty
aphrodite
god of war/strife
ares
god of wine
bacchus/dionysus
the founder of thebes
cadmus/kadmos
god of underworld
hades
greek god of fire
hephaestus
apollo and the sacred muses live here
parnasus
place where Niobe turned to stone
Sipylus
Niobes father
suffered eternal hunger and thirst
tantalus