Antigone Mock Trial

Antigone Mock Trial

?Antigone Mock Trial Antigone: Charged with treason against The State and contempt What if Antigone had been given a fair trial with a jury of her peers? Would they have condemned her still? You get to be the prosecution & defense in determining a fair fate for Antigone. You must ask yourselves, did Antigone act with treasonous intent against The State or were her actions otherwise motivated? Even further, was this an act of the gods and beyond her control?

During this trial, you must base all your information strictly on the text. Of course, some improvising will be necessary to create round characters for the trial, but your interpretations should still coincide with the text. Points will be deducted for acting out of character and faulty assumptions. Roles Judge (Mr. Schultz): responsible for knowing and administrating all court procedures; will establish time limits for all parties.

Antigone: Defendant and Witness; responsible for creating an affidavit for being called to testify which should include a plea and reasoning; responsible for knowing specific lines from the play that relate to her plea; must know her character. Role:_____________________ Prosecuting Attorneys (PA): Responsible for prosecuting Antigone by presenting & examining a witness and presenting evidence to the court; must come prepared with correct understanding of court procedures (objections), questions for direct examination/cross examination, and list of witnesses; must have opening and closing statements prepared.

Roles:_____________________________________________ Defense Attorneys (DA): Responsible for defending Antigone by presenting & examining a witness/witnesses and presenting evidence to the court; must come prepared with correct understanding of court procedures (objections), questions for direct examination/cross examination, and a list of witnesses; must have opening and closing statements prepared. Roles:_____________________________________________

Witness for the Prosecution No1: Sentry: This witness will prepare an affidavit to present testimony against Antigone, will discuss testimony with prosecution attorneys, and will be called upon to testify in the trial; must have a great understanding of the character. Role:________________________ Witness for the Prosecution No2: Choragos: This witness will prepare an affidavit to present testimony against Antigone, will discuss testimony with prosecution attorneys, and will be called upon to testify in the trial; must have a great understanding of the character and specific lines from the play.

Role:________________________ Witness for the Prosecution No3: Creon: This witness will prepare an affidavit to present testimony against Antigone, will discuss testimony with prosecution attorneys, and will be called upon to testify in the trial, must have a great understanding of the character and specific lines from the play. Role:________________________

Witness for the Defense No1: Ismene: this witness will prepare an affidavit to present testimony in defense of Antigone, will discuss testimony with defense attorneys, and will be called upon to testify in trial; responsible for knowing specific lines from the play that best relate to her character. Role:________________________ Witness for the Defense No2: Tiresias: this witness will prepare an affidavit to present testimony in defense of Antigone, will discuss testimony with defense attorneys, and will be called upon to testify in trial; responsible for knowing specific lines from the play that best relate to his character.

Role:_________________________ Witness for the Defense No3: Haimon: this witness will prepare an affidavit to present testimony in defense of Antigone, will discuss testimony with defense attorneys, and will be called upon to testify in trial; responsible for knowing specific lines from the play that best relate to his character. Role:_________________________ Jurors: during prep time, you will create an informative brochure using Microsoft Publisher reporting Antigone’s crime/trial. Be sure to include a title/headline, facts, explanation, characters, and relevant pictures.

During the trial, you will decide a final verdict of Guilty or Not Guilty, and each submit a verdict sheet explaining your reasoning. Jurors:__________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________. All roles will have written portions that will be turned in for a grade at the completion of the trial on _________________________. THE TRIAL OF SOPHOCLES’ ANTIGONE For the trial of Antigone, the prosecution had the City of Thebes charge Antigone with treason and contempt. Since finding Theban statutes would take more time and effort than needed, we will use the United States Code.

The statute for treason stipulates: Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $ 10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States. Federal case law holds that there are two elements to the crime of treason: adherence to the enemy and intent to betray. Absent one there is no treason.

To sustain the charge of treason the government must prove the following propositions: First, the defendant adhered to an enemy of the state; and Second, the defendant rendered aid or comfort to that enemy. If you find from your consideration of all the evidence that each of these propositions has been proved beyond a reasonable doubt, then you should find the defendant guilty. If, on the other hand, you find from your consideration of all the evidence that any one of these propositions has not been proved beyond a reasonable doubt, then you should find the defendant not guilty.

The federal statute for contempt reads: A court of the United States shall have power to punish by fine or imprisonment, at its discretion, such contempt of its authority, and none other, as-  (1) Misbehavior of any person in its presence or so near thereto as to obstruct the administration of justice; (2) Misbehavior of any of its officers in their official transactions; (3) Disobedience or resistance to its lawful writ, process, order, rule, decree, or command.

For you to find the Defendant guilty of the crime of Contempt, you must be convinced that the prosecution has proved one of the following beyond a reasonable doubt:  (1) the Defendant misbehaved in the King’s presence or so near thereto as to obstruct the administration of justice; or  (2) the Defendant disobeyed or resisted a process, order, rule, decree, or command of the King. For those who don’t remember the play clearly, here is a brief summary: Antigone completes the story of the family of Oedipus the King of Thebes, who kills his father and marries his mother.

Following the death of Oedipus, his sons Eteocles and Polyneices are to rule Thebes alternately. Eteocles assumes the throne first, but when Polyneices’ turn comes, Eteocles refuses to yield the throne. Polyneices attacks Thebes, and he and Eteocles die in the battle. Creon assumes the throne and gives Eteocles a hero’s burial, but commands that Polyneices be allowed to rot in the open since he is a traitor to the state. Antigone, Polyneices’ sister, throws a handful of dust on the corpse as a symbolic burial. Creon orders her imprisoned.

Under the urging of his son Haemon, who is Antigone’s fiancee, Creon relents, but before he can free Antigone she kills herself. Haemon and Creon’s wife Eurydice also commit suicide. Witness for the Defense (Ismene, Haimon, and Tiresias) Responsibilities You will serve as a defense witness for Antigone throughout the trial. Preparation Before the trial, you will create an affidavit as a witness for the defense (your testimony of what you think happened). This affidavit should be one-page in length and typed neatly.

When your affidavit is complete, meet with the Defense Attorneys and discuss your testimony. Give a copy of your affidavit to all attorneys and judges (me) by ____________________. On Trial Make sure you know your character & testimony well enough to be that person in class. After the trial, turn in your final copy of the affidavit with both of your names on it. Post Trial Write an essay explaining the whether you believe the verdict is fair or not based on your interpretation (the interpretation of your character) of what happened in the play and in the mock trial.

Essays must be 4 paragraphs in length. Witness for the Prosecution (Sentry, Creon, Choragos) Responsibilities You will serve as a prosecuting witness throughout the trial (Antigone is guilty of the charge). Preparation Before the trial, you and will create an affidavit as a witness for the defense (your testimony of what you think happened). This affidavit should be one-page in length and typed neatly. When your affidavit is complete meet with the Defense Attorneys and discuss your testimony. Give a copy of your affidavit to all attorneys and judges (me) by ___________________.

On Trial Make sure you know your character & testimony well enough to be that person in class. After the trial, turn in your final copy of the affidavit with both your names on it. Post Trial Write an essay explaining the whether you believe the verdict is fair or not based on your interpretation (the interpretation of your character) of what happened in the play and in the mock trial. Essays must be 4 paragraphs in length. Antigone Responsibilities Create an affidavit (what you think happened) for your testimony.

At the end of your testimony, enter a plea of guilty or not guilty and explain your reasoning. Craft your persona around how Antigone is presented in the text. Strive to imitate her, based on any evidence the text gives about her personality and habits. Preparation Before the trial, you must create your affidavit, which should be one page in length and written or typed neatly. Make a copy of your plea (guilty or not guilty) and your reasoning and submit it to the prosecution (you can just give them your affidavit).

Work with the defense attorneys to develop a case in your favor. On Trial At the beginning of the trial, you will stand with the defense attorneys and enter your plea. Make sure you know your character & testimony well enough to be that person in class. Again, use the book as your guide! Post Trial Write an essay explaining the whether you believe the verdict is fair or not based on your interpretation (the interpretation of your character) of what happened in the play and in the mock trial. Essays must be 4 paragraphs in length. Prosecuting and Defense Attorneys

Responsibilities Review the affidavits given to you by witnesses and decide how to formulate your questions to best serve your argument. Develop an opening statement, closing statement, and a list of questions to ask each witness to help you win the case. Preparation With your team of attorneys and witnesses, complete a case outline (see attached) to develop your argument using textual evidence from the play. You will question the witnesses during the trial, so work with your attorneys and witnesses to create examination questions to best serve your argument.

Your examination should create a witness testimony of approximately 5 minutes. On Trial You will give your opening statement, examine your witnesses using the examination questions you developed with your team of attorneys, and give your closing statement. After the trial, turn in your exanimation questions and your case outline with your name on it. Post Trial Write an essay explaining the whether you believe the verdict is fair or not based on your interpretation (the interpretation of your role in the trial) of what happened in the play and in the mock trial.

Essays must be 4 paragraphs in length. Jurors Responsibilities Create a brochure using Microsoft Publisher reporting the crime, including quotes from the text, articles, and pictures. Decide a final verdict of Guilty or Not Guilty Preparation While others are preparing their roles for the trial, you will on your brochure using Microsoft Publisher reporting Antigone’s crime. Be sure to include a name for your brochure, a large & catchy headline, articles, and relevant pictures. On Trial Listen attentively to all testimonies & statements given. Take notes (see attached).

You must have these in order to create a final verdict of guilty or not guilty and your explanation. After the trial, meet & vote with your fellow jurors to decide what verdict you will submit to the judge (Guilty or Not Guilty). After the trial, submit your final verdict with trial notes attached. Post Trial Write a 4 paragraph essay explaining why your chose your verdict for each crime (treason and contempt). Case Outline for Attorneys Directions: Complete the following chart to help with your case and the trial. See attached for time lengths and a list of witnesses. Opening Statement (notes): _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Questions for Witnesses (Ismene, Tiresias, Haimon, Creon, Choragos, and Sentry, and Antigone) Antigone________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Ismene__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Tiresias_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Haimon__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Creon___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Choragos________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Sentry___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Closing Statements (Notes): _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Trial Notes for Jurors Direction: Complete the following chart using while listening to the trial. Use these notes to help you decide on a verdict and also with your 4 paragraph essay about your verdict. Hand these in after the trial for a participation grade. ProsecutionDefense Opening Statements: Opening Statements: Antigone: Antigone: Ismene:

Ismene: Tiresias: Tiresias: Haimon: Haimon: Creon: Creon: Choragos: Choragos: Sentry: Sentry: Closing Statements: Closing Statements: Mock Trial Agenda, Day 1: Time Limits & Proceedings will be monitored by the judge Commencement – Judge swears in Jury & reads instructions about the case, then asks for defense’s presentation of accused & plea.