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What are five themes of "Antigone"?

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Posted March 22, 2009 at 8:42 AM via web

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What are five themes of "Antigone"?

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markchambers1966 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

Posted March 22, 2009 at 11:37 PM (Answer #1)

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Themes for Antigone:

1) Is the king the law? If the king sets the law, is he above the law? So if Creon sets a law that is wrong, is the law to be applied regardless?

2) Family is a central theme, the way that Ismene and Antigone are representatives of the House of Oedipus; even though they are the nieces of Creon they are seen as 'of Oedipus.'

3) Death and the respect for the death.

4) Loyalty within relationships - Haemon with his father or with Antigone. Ismene with her sister or with Creon - or her brothers.

5) Leadership and the role of the people as moderators and commentators on those in power. How public opinion may sway, or not, those in charge.

Events - Clash of ideas between Antigone & Ismene. Clash of ideas between  Antigone and Creon. The role of the 'Crowd' to show us the public mood and how they try to sway the mood of Creon. The Bricking up of Antigone and her cruel fate that leads to the destruction of Haemon, and Creons family.

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