English 2 Antigone

Describe Creon’s response to Haimon’s advice. Creon insists that he is right.
What does Creon rule must be done to Antigone? Creon has Antigone buried alive.
Is upholding the law Creon’s only motive, or is he also guided by a desire to appear strong? Creon wants both to uphold the law and appear strong.
What prophecy does Teiresias make about Creon? Creon’s house will be full of grief.
What action does Creon take because of the prophecy? Creon sets out to bury Polyneices and free Antigone.
In what way is Teiresias’ prophecy fulfilled? Creon’s entire family is dead.
How does Antigone’s sense of herself as Oedipus’ daughter and Creon’s sense of himself as king determine the paths they each take in the play? Antigone’s sense of herself as Oedipus’ daughter makes her brave enough to stand up to Creon and committed enough to insist upon what she believes is right. Creon’s sense of himself as king means that he is unwilling to do anything that might look as though he is giving power-especially to a woman.
Identify three characteristics of a Greek tragedy that Antigone displays. Antigone is based on a myth, it depicts a reversal of fortune and its theme has to do with excessive pride and human limitations
What is Antigone’s tragic flaw? Antigone is unwilling to compromise.
To what extent does this flaw lead to Antigone’s downfall? To what extent is her downfall due to fate? Her flaw causes her to defy the state. Fate prevents her rescue.
What is Creon’s tragic flaw? Creon’s tragic flaw is his pride. He feels power as king, and he lets that power rule his choices.
To what extent does this flaw lead to Creon’s downfall? To what extent is his downfall due to fate? Creon’s flaw, his pride, causes him to make the choices that lead to his downfall. At the same time Creon’s downfall also can be viewed as a punishment from fate for his actions.
Who is the true tragic hero of this play? Creon is the true tragic hero because he experiences a downfall because of his actions. Creon’s dishonorable actions also position him to be punished by fate.
Summarize Scene 3. Creon and Haimon argue about Creon’s punishment of Antigone; Haimon urges Creon to listen to reason.
Summarize Scene 4. Antigone goes to her death in the stone vault.
Summarize Scene 5. Teiresias shares a prophecy with Creon, which later influences him to free Antigone, but he is too late.
What do the following lines reveal about Creon? “Do you want me to show myself weak before the people? Or to break my sworn sword? No, and i will not.” Creon is stubborn and prideful
What does Creon believe is the biggest threat to any city? Anarchy
Who says the following, “In flood time you can see how some trees bend, and because they bend, even their twigs are safe, while stubborn trees are torn up, roots and all.”? Haimon
What does Creon decide to do with Antigone? Lock her in a vault and let the gods handle it.
What does Ode 3 talk about? The wonders of love and how much trouble love has caused
What does the chorus think about Antigone’s death? They think her death is sad, but her own fault
Does Antigone think that she is guilty? She believes that she is innocent because she has followed the laws of the gods
What does Teiresias tell Creon? He messed up and needs to fix what he did
What does Creon accuse Teiresias of doing? Taking bribes
What does Teiresias tell Creon the gods will do to him if Antigone dies? The gods will make him pay, “corpse for corpse, flesh for your own flesh”
What does Creon do after Teiresias leaves? Crean goes to release Antigone and build a tomb for Polyneices
What does the Messenger tell the Choragus in the Exodus? Haimon killed himself, and that he and Creon burned Polyneices’ body.
How did Haimon die? He stabbed himself with his sword
Why does Eurydice kill herself? Haimon is dead
How did Eurydice kill himself? She stabbed herself in the heart

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