The play 'Antigone' is at least 2,440 years old. Still timely nevertheless are its main concerns over what to do about a bad law and how far to go for the sake of love or justice. Contributors typically ask and answer questions about the play's author, characters, imagery, literary devices, plot, and relationship to other plays of the same themes or time period.

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How is antigone arrogant?

In Greek times, woman were considered property. They were not allowed to have or express opinions. Antigone's blatant disregard of this made her "arrogant" in Creon's eyes.

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What is Antigone's personality in Antigone?

She is full of hubris and very independent. She stands up for what she believes in disregarding the law of the city and only the law of the gods: moral ethics and how to treat the dead: with honor.

Right, she is independent, but I question whether hubris was a main character flaw of hers. Rather she chooses to obey the law of the gods and the family, eternal laws, over the contingent laws of the state. Indeed, it would seem that it is Creon who acts with hubris. After all, he loses his son and is told by Tiresias that Thebes will be destroyed as a result of his actions against Antigone. That Antigone is independent minded does not mean that her downfall was hubris.

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What are Examples of formalism?

Fomalism is a sociological idea when tradition becomes more important than the function of the norm.

Examples of this are the buttons on men and women's clothing. Men's tend to button left over right while women's button right over left. For men, it's because in the past they wore coats over their sword belts and it was easier for a right-handed man to be unbuttoning with his left handing while drawing his sword with his right.

For women's clothing, it's because they used to wear very difficult clothing and needed help getting in and out of it.

While neither of these activities are relevant anymore, we continue to make clothing in this way.

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Who is the writer of the play Antigone?


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What does Creon fear the most in Antigone?

Creon fears these things the most in the play Antigone:

1. His authority being challenged by a woman


2. His pride being hurt by Antigone

If, however, you are reffering to what does Creon fear most in the actual character Antigone, then the answer would be pretty much the same as the above stated #1.


Does Polynice's body eventually get buried?

Yes, Antigone first tries to bury her brother Polynice's but she is caught. At the end of the play, Creon buries Polynices himself to show his atonement for the death of his son and wife

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What are dramatic irony quotes from Oedipus Rex?

"Upon the murderer I invoke this curse- whether he is one man and all unknown,

or one of many- may he wear out his life in misery to miserable doom!" --

Oedipus is evoking a curse upon the murderer when the murderer turns out to be himself

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Who is Creon married to in Antigone?

Queen Eurydice

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Who is the playwright about Oedipus?

Sophocles [496 B.C.E. - 406 B.C.E.] is the playwright of the Oedipus plays. Specifically, he's the author of 'Oedipus Rex', 'Oedipus at Colonus' and 'Antigone'. The first play deals with Oedipus' fall from grace, the second with his death and the third with the fates of his four children.

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What is Oedipus' reward for killing the Sphinx?

he was given the title of King of Thebes and the recently widowed Jocasta's hand in marriage.

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What does Oedipus free Thebans from in 'Oedipus Rex'?

The Sphinx is what Oedipus frees Thebans from in "Oedipus Rex" by Sophocles (495 B.C.E. -- 405 B.C.E.).

Specifically, the Sphinx appears outside Thebes after Theban King Laius goes to consult the Delphic oracle and never returns. She makes a monster out of herself by killing and eating all incoming/outgoing Thebans who cannot answer her riddle. Oedipus figures out the riddle, inspires the Sphinx to commit suicide, and thereby frees Thebes.

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What is a question that connects 'Antigone' to the real world?

What should happen when individual actions and beliefs don't line up with a particular society's definitions of acceptable and unacceptable behavior is a question that connects the play 'Antigone' to the real world. The play indeed pits the behavioral preferences and spiritual beliefs of Antigone against the behavioral preferences and legal action of her Uncle Creon, King of Thebes. In the real world of nowadays, that question may be asked by women in Muslim countries. Their role typically is more on the order of the unquestioning and obedient Ismene, and less on the order of the conscientious and passionate Antigone.

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When can you change your mind about refinancing?

You can change your mind anytime, you aren't under contract to do a refinance with any lender. You can walk out at the closing if you feel like it, never let anyone pressure you to sign for a loan you know is bad or even have a bad feeling about.

As a footnote most states have what's called 3 days of rescission. Your broker is supposed to explain this to you. Basically you are allowed to rescind on the loan up to 3 business days after closing. This is to protect the borrower in a case such as yours who may sign under duress. Many lenders and brokers pull what is known as a bait and switch. They promise you a low rate and then at the closing table the rate is considerably higher and many people sign because they have invested so much time or they are pressured into it. So they do have the right to rescind even after closing.

The above is a great answer - hard to improve. But I would add that if you change your mind after you've paid for certain items, like an application fee or appraisal, you may not be able to recover these fees if you back out.

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Why did the citizens of Thebes make Oedipus the king?

The Sphinx was holding Thebes captive until someone answered it's riddle. Desperate for relief, Creon offers whoever can answer the riddle the hand of his sister Jocasta, recently widowed. Oedipus comes along and solves the riddle, earning himself the throne.


What does Creon say about fate in 'Antigone'?

That it is crushing is what Creon says about fate in "Antigone" by Sophocles (495 B.C.E. - 405 B.C.E.).

Specifically, Theban King Creon appears not to worry about fate during most of the play. He even may be said to give the impression of considering it as something that happens to others or that his fate is charmed. But the Furies of fate ultimately trip up all mortals who disrespect them and the gods, as Creon discovers at great personal and professional loss.


What was the curse of labdacus?

The House of Labdacus is the family line of Oedipus, King of Thebes. The curse stems from the actions of Oedipus' father, Laius, who was invited into the home of Pelops, king of Pisa, and then raped and abducted Chrysippus, the son of Pelops.

Oedipus' story is well known -- he killed his father and married his mother without realizing that either of them were related to him. In turn, at least three of his four children die tragically (there is some question as to how Ismene died).

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What is Creon's preoccupation with bribes and money in 'Antigone'?

That he finds what he looks for and that he symbolizes change is Creon's preoccupation with bribes and money in "Antigone" by Sophocles (495 B.C.E. - 405 B.C.E.).

Specifically, Theban King Creon disparages the motives of others. He insists that a few powerful people oppose him and have money to fund their oppositional activities. He also maintains that most people need money and can be bought to do the despicable deeds that the powerful few are too cowardly to do on their own. Additionally, Creon symbolizes the transition from Antigone's society of interactions based on family, gods and traditions to the modern society of achievement in business and governmental work.

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Why is there a tragedy in 'Antigone'?

The play 'Antigone' is considered a tragedy, because of the drastic consequences of the story's events. Excepting Teiresias, Ismene, and Theban King Creon, every single one of the main characters dies. Additionally, there's the massive destruction of enemy and native life through the battle whose end is the beginning of the play. Similarly, there's the large-scale misery of Thebans in the aftermath of their own deliberately unburied dead. And there's the individual heartbreak of King Creon who loses everything that had made his life worth living.


What is the reference to Lycurgus of Thrace in 'Antigone'?

That Lycurgus is stalked by the gods and that his death resembles that of two of Antigone's ancestors are the references to Lycurgus of Thrace in "Antigone" by Sophocles (495 B.C.E. - 405 B.C.E.).

Specifically, Lycurgus of Thrace also is mentioned about one-third of the way through Book VI of "The Iliad" by Homer (fl. 8th century B.C.E.). His lifespan can be considered as straddling the thirteenth to twelfth (13th-12th) centuries B.C.E. That also is the time period from the founding of the Theban royal house to the generation of King Thersander, Princess Antigone's nephew and Polyneices' son.

Edonian King Lycurgus is the son of Dryas, whom he is driven to kill by the workings of divine curses. His offense is his opposition to Dionysos the wine god. His punishment is dismemberment. The same offense is committed and similar punishment therefore is meted out to Antigone's great-grandfather Labdacus and her great-great uncle Pentheus.


What does Eurydice say before she dies in 'Antigone'?

The names of her two dead sons and a curse on their father are what Eurydice says before she dies in "Antigone" by Sophocles (495 B.C.E. - 405 B.C.E.).

Specifically, Theban Queen Eurydice calls out for Megareus and Haemon, her two sons who precede her in death. She blames their deaths on her husband, King Creon. So she accuses Creon of being the murderer of both her sons and curses him.


What is the role of paradox in 'Antigone'?

It is Antigone's and Creon's determination that is paradoxical in "Antigone" by Sophocles (495 B.C.E. - 405 B.C.E.).

Specifically, the term paradox describes something that seems to be true but that whose effects actually are contradictory or illogical. The description fits the strong, uncompromising, unyielding will that Theban Princess Antigone and King Creon bring to bear in their interactions with each other and in fact with everyone else in the play. That determination initially gives them what they want but then boomerangs.


How does Creon respond to his son in 'Antigone'?

It is with anger, defensiveness, disdain and threats that Creon responds to his son in "Antigone" by Sophocles (495 B.C.E. - 405 B.C.E.).

Specifically, Theban King Creon dislikes hearing that he needs to listen to others and modify laws and policies accordingly. Creon dismisses his son Prince Haemon's advice for coming from a youngster very much in love with a woman on death row. He ultimately is cruel enough to threaten to executive Antigone before Haemon's very eyes.


What does Creon decide to do with Antigone and Ismene in 'Antigone'?

Place them under house arrest, sentence them to death and then spare the younger and execute the elder are what Creon decides to do with Antigone and Ismene in "Antigone" by Sophocles (495 B.C.E. - 405 B.C.E.).

Specifically, Theban King Creon decides to arrest his nieces, Princesses Antigone and Ismene, for burying their brother Polyneices despite his law to the contrary. He expects to impose upon both sisters the mandatory punishment of death by stoning. But he settles on sparing Ismene, whom he considers wise from birth, and punishing Antigone, whom he considers foolish from birth, by walling her up in a remote cave.

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What is the Oedipus complex mean?

The Oedipus complex is the attraction to your parent of the opposite sex and the hatred of your parent of the same sex.

Oedipus Rex killed his father and married his mother. (In his defense, he didn't know they were his parents.)

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Dramatic techniques in Henrik Ibsen's Doll's House?

Through the use of plot structure, language/dialogue, and the literary devices of irony and foreshadowing.


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