I have to make a concept board on the play of Antigone. It needs to be abstract representation of the world and the characters from the play Antigone . I'm encouraged to use paper towel tub,...

I have to make a concept board on the play of Antigone. It needs to be abstract representation of the world and the characters from the play Antigone . I'm encouraged to use paper towel tub, plastics, Nonconventional objects to create my board. And I have explain what the lines ,color and texture say about the play Antigone.?!! I need help what to put on my board. Please help me it's due tomorrow 

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mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

While there are several ways to illustrate the conflicts, themes ("choices and their consequences; custom and tradition; gods and religion, and betrayal"), and interactions of Sophocles's Antigone, here are some ideas that may spur others from you:

  • Critics agree that Antigone and Creon are caught in "double blinds":


Creon - 1. He feels his will is more important than the rulings of the gods.
             2. He demands that civil law be obeyed first. (He views civil law as of more importance than the laws of the gods) 

Antigone - 1. She violates civil laws in burying her brother
                  2. She cannot disregard the religious duty she has to her brother.

These "double blinds" could be demonstrated by using chess figures/ dark and white, and covering them with little cut strips of tape as though they are blindfolds.

  • Influence of the gods, Ancient traditions

Zeus is certainly invoked several times in this play. Burial customs are influential. These could be symbolized with cut-outs of pictures of statues of Zeus, etc., and illustrated with figures and mounds of sand/dirt.

In Ode III, Scene 4, Antigone alludes to the story of Niobe, and Tantalos her father, stories that relate to the plot of this tragedy. So, these tales could be illustrated. These stories can be tied to Antigone with lines

  • Conflict of Conscience vs. Laws

A diagram could be drawn with three columns under the words LAWS BROKEN that are put in a box above the columns and connected with lines to these words:   Who?   Why?   Results?

  • The Chorus and the Tieresias

The influence of the Chorus and the Tieresias should not be overlooked. certain scenes in which they play strong roles could be illustrated with symbols, figures, etc.

jameadows eNotes educator| Certified Educator

One way to approach this concept board might be to see the way in which characters place themselves in binds because of their limitations. For example, Creon can't see the humanity behind Antigone's desire to bury her brother, Polynices, because he has deemed her actions treasonous to the state. He also refuses to relent, though the gods have deemed Antigone's actions justifiable. By limiting his worldview, he sets in motion a series of events that ends in Antigone's execution by being immured, or placed within a cave that is sealed up. Therefore, she winds up literally being walled in, while Creon exists within metaphorical walls that cause his blindness.

To create these abstract ideas, you might use unconventional objects such as paper towel tubes or plastic to create walls around both Creon and Antigone. The colors within the walls can be dark, signifying that each character has, either by physical force or mental blindness, been forced into isolation from the outside world. The texture of the walls can be hard, signifying that the characters cannot emerge from their metaphorical and actual prisons.