1.Final Essay and Graphic Organizers for Antigone Unit
Lizabeth Thompson, M. Ed., NBCT
Mayo for MST
2.Contrast Creon and Antigone’s views of loyalty throughout the play. What conclusions can we draw about the playwright’s overall message regarding loyalty?
3.Antigone makes the statement in scene 2: “It is my nature to join in love, not hate.” Do you agree with that? Why/why not? What is the playwright’s message in this statement and how does he develop it? Consider how Oedipus’ illicit love affects the plot.
4.Analyze how the chorus’ and choragus’ attitude toward Antigone changed from the beginning to the end of the play? How do they view her act of conscience? What feelings do they convey?
5.Who is the tragic hero according to the Greek definition? You must choose either Creon or Antigone and provide evidence from throughout the play to show all parts of the tragic hero definition. Also consider the purpose of Greek tragedies in general for the audience.
6.How do the five major conflicts (see list) reveal Creon and Antigone’s values, principles, and moral characters. Address any changes in values, etc. as they occur and explain how their values and changes in values affect the plot. How do the five major conflicts (see list) reveal Creon and Antigone’s values, principles, and moral characters. Address any changes in values, etc. as they occur and explain how their values and changes in values affect the plot.
7.Honors ONLY: What roles do ethos, pathos, and logos play in persuasive scenes in the play. Who uses the techniques and to what effect? You just address the protagonist, antagonist and one minor character.
8.Additional essay for extra credit
How does the Coldplay song “Viva la Vida” show the characteristics of a tragic hero and what connections can you make to the tragic hero of Antigone?