Sophocles' Antigone  (ca. 442 BCE)

1) Identify setting and characters: 	 Antigone			Ismene			

Chorus		Creon  (& Eurydice)		Haemon		Teiresias    

2)  What is the crisis that confronts Antigone at the outset?

	How is she caught?

3) Why is her 'crime' so damnable in Creon's judgment?  

	How does Creon answer Haemon's defense?

4)  Creon issues 3 different punishments in the course of the play: 

	What are the implications of each penalty?

5)  For the following questions, identify key passages in evidence:

	Does Antigone make a mistake? 

	Does she recognize (or regret) any  error? 

	Why does she commit suicide?

6) Antigone is generally regarded by modern readers as a champion of individual conscience 
against the tyranny of the state:  

	Is that an accurate assessment of her motives 
	(in the view of the ancient audience)?

6)  Or is Creon the more 'tragic' figure in the Aristotelian mold?

	Does he commit a fatal error?