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Reading Pointers for sharper Insights

As you read Antigone, be aware of the following:

  1. The conflict between civic responsibility and personal duty:

  2. The difficulty of resolving this conflict:

    • Neither Creon nor Antigone is the hero of this play; both are inflexible, and both cause suffering by their stubbornness. Both, however, are noble characters driven by principle towards goals the Greek audience would recognize as morally good.

    • Moreover, the character who advises compromise, Ismene, is no more heroic; in fact, she seems weak in comparison to her sister.

      How does the conflict between two good characters with reasonable explanations for their actions make the plot more complicated than a play with a clear hero and villain?