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Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide
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Analysis

Literary Devices in Antigone

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

Much of the symbolism in Antigone lies in the characters themselves. Antigone and Creon represent a number of opposing forces: male vs. female, family ties vs. civic duty, man vs. nature, and man's...

Setting

Antigone, like Oedipus the King, is set in that disaster-prone city-state known as Thebes. Though most Greek playwrights were from Athens, their plays are hardly ever set there. This is not because...

Genre

Antigone is one of the more famous tragedies ever to be written. Sophocles' play has served as a model for countless other playwrights over the years. Interestingly, though, it does differ from the...

Tone

It’s important to know Sophocles didn’t make the whole Oedipus story up. The myths had been around, so Sophocles’s audience would have been familiar with the tragic ending before...

Writing Style

The writing style of Antigone kind of depends upon whose translation you’re reading. Since the play is, you know, way old, there have been many translations of Sophocles’s original Greek throug...

What’s Up With the Title?

Well, the title is rather self-explanatory. Antigone is the heroine of this play.

Plot Analysis

Antigone arrives in Thebes and finds that her brothers are dead, Polyneices’s dead body is unburied, and there is a royal edict against burying him.This is what’s up at the beginning of the boo...

Booker’s Seven Basic Plots Analysis: Tragedy

Antigone returns to Thebes with the intention of helping her brothers avoid the prophecy of their death. Antigone is hopeful and dedicated to serving her brothers. She is focused and confident. Ant...

Three Act Plot Analysis

Antigone learns that her brothers are dead and that Polyneices is unburied. She asks Ismene to break the law with her and bury him. When Ismene refuses, she goes it alone. Antigone successfully bur...

Trivia

Steaminess Rating

Although Antigone and her siblings are the product of an incestuous relationship (her father, Oedipus, accidentally married his mother), there is absolutely no sex in Antigone.
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