Study Guide

Antigone

Introduction

Have you ever come across a rule that you thought was majorly stupid? Like really stupid. Like so stupid you had know idea how a sane person could come up with such a thing. Like so stupid that you eventually decided that the person who came up with the rule clearly wasn't sane. So, you were like, "Whatevs..." and broke the rule, nevermind the consequences. And then, when you got busted (because that always seems to happen) you took your punishment, but were still like, "Whatevs, it was a stupid, insane rule anyway."

Chances are your version of this scenario isn't quite as extreme as what we've just described, but we figure most people out there have found themselves in a somewhat similar situation. Maybe you broke your way-too-early curfew, maybe you jaywalked when there were absolutely no cars in sight, or maybe you went on a crime spree and did both of these in one day. (Scandalous!) Whatever the case, you came across a rule you didn't agree with, and knowingly broke it. If this is the case, you'll have no trouble connecting with Antigone, a rebel girl who wasn't afraid to break laws she thought were wrong.

Best of the Web

Antigone Resources

Movie or TV Productions

Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
An alcoholic Antigone puts in an appearance in an episode called "Rebel with a Cause."

The Gospel at Colonus
Antigone belts it out in this gospel version of Oedipus at Colonus.

Sophocles' Antigone
Check out this movie version of Sophocles' play.

Historical Documents

These Seven Sicknesses by Sean Graney
Check out this review for a great, modernized marathon of all of Sophocles' extant plays, which climaxes with Antigone's tragic demise.

Videos

Dubstep Antigone
This video gives you a great synopsis of Antigone's story with a dubstep soundtrack.

British Know-It-Alls
This video from Britain's National Theatre gives you a cool discussion on Sophocles' Antigone.

Veggie Oedipus
This is an awesome version of the Oedipus story performed by veggies. Antigone (as played by a little tomato) pops up at the end.

Audio

Starring Antigone
Don't feel like reading? Shmoop's got your back. You can listen to all of Sophocles' Antigone here.

Costarring Antigone
Her name may not be in the title, but she still represents in this recording of Sophocles' Oedipus at Colonus.

Okay, She's Not in this One
But all the seriously messed up stuff that goes down Oedipus the King, by Sophocles seriously messes up her life. You can listen to it here.

Books

Lots of Tragedy
You can read all three of Sophocles' Oedipus plays for free here, including Antigone's starring role.