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Antigone Lesson Plan
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By using this lesson plan for Sophocles’ Antigone, teachers will help their students learn about the history of Greek Theatre and the structure of a Greek Tragedy, as well as about the life of the playwright Sophocles. Examples of guided discussion and study questions from this lesson plan include the following:
- In Antigone, how are Antigone and Ismene related? They are sisters, the daughters of Oedipus.
- What is King Creon’s decree? Polyneices was considered a traitor by King Creon for attacking the city of Thebes. Polyneices body was not permitted to be buried, but left for the scavenger birds and dogs to eat. Eteocles was to receive a hero’s burial.
- In Antigone, what news does the sentry bring to Creon? Someone has secretly covered the body of Polyneices with just enough dirt to be considered as buried by the gods. His soul will now move to the Underworld.
- What does Creon demand that the sentry do?King Creon demands that the sentry bring him the man who broke his decree and buried a traitor.
- According to Ode 2 in Antigone, who is the fortunate man? The fortunate man is one “who has never tasted God’s vengeance.”
- Describe what Creon saw when he looked through the crevice into Antigone’s tomb. Creon saw Haimon weeping over Antigone’s dead body. She had hanged herself with her own veil. Haimon was holding her body close to him and crying that “his father had stolen her away from him."
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