History Theatre / Antigone

20th Mar '18 9:08:29 AM snichols1973
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* YouCantFightFate: Because Oedipus did... well... [[ParentalIncest what Oedipus did]], their entire family is cursed, making it inevitable that Antigone will be condemned for burying her brother, leaving her sister, Ismene, [[FateWorseThanDeath to live the rest of her life with the knowledge that she was too cowardly to join Antigone in burying Polynices, and that her entire family is dead]]. Notice how eager she was to share Antigone's death sentence, but Creon refuses to condemn her and Antigone rebuffs her.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: No further mention is made of Ismene after her sister Antigone is sentenced to death.
* YouCantFightFate: Because Oedipus did... well... [[ParentalIncest what Oedipus did]], their entire family is cursed, making it inevitable that Antigone will be condemned for burying her brother, leaving her sister, Ismene, [[FateWorseThanDeath to live the rest of her life with the knowledge that she was too cowardly to join Antigone in burying Polynices, Polyneices, and that her entire family is dead]]. Notice how eager she was to share Antigone's death sentence, but Creon refuses to condemn her and Antigone rebuffs her.
13th Jan '18 1:57:08 PM ZarbiNerada
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* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Creon cannot comprehend that Antigone loved ''both'' her brothers unconditionally, despite their becoming mortal enemies.
1st Jan '18 7:04:19 AM ZarbiNerada
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** Refusing to hate someone does not necessarily mean you approve of their actions.


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* FalseDichotomy: Creon appears to equate an unwillingness to hate Polynices with approval of what he did.


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* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Antigone pays DueToTheDead despite the death penalty.
21st Dec '17 11:07:18 AM WillBGood
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* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters: At least one translation (discussed https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2015/feb/27/antigone-juliette-binoche-anne-carson-barbican here]]) has Creon labeling Antigone a "terrorist" for disobeying his law. Antigone is undaunted and continues to follow the law of Zeus over mortal decrees, effectively holding herself as a moral rebel rather than an ancestor to ISIS.

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* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters: At least one translation (discussed https://www.[[https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2015/feb/27/antigone-juliette-binoche-anne-carson-barbican here]]) has Creon labeling Antigone a "terrorist" for disobeying his law. Antigone is undaunted and continues to follow the law of Zeus over mortal decrees, effectively holding herself as a moral rebel rather than an ancestor to ISIS.
8th Oct '17 2:47:20 PM PaulA
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* YouCannotKillAnIdea: Ismene's change of heart near the end is depicted like this; after Antigone turns her away because she didn't help, she declares that she will carry on Antigone's work, and Antigone challenges Creon to consider that now there are two people who think like Antigone, and how many more will there be?
1st Oct '17 6:34:32 AM PaulA
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* TheAesop: Creon stands by poor reasoning and ends up wanting nothing but death, teaching Thebes and the audience that "of all curses which cleave to man, ill counsel is the sovereign curse."

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* TheAesop: AnAesop: Creon stands by poor reasoning and ends up wanting nothing but death, teaching Thebes and the audience that "of all curses which cleave to man, ill counsel is the sovereign curse."


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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Anouilh wrote his version while his homeland was occupied by the Nazis and administered on their behalf by French collaborators, and it's commonly interpreted as a commentary on that situation. Most of the characters either don't care about Creon's tyrannies or prefer to go along to get along, but Antigone insists on doing the right thing even though she knows it will lead to her death and might not even make a difference in the end.


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* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Creon maintains throughout that he only took the crown because somebody had to, and that the things he's done to keep hold of power, some of which he admits were deplorable, were all necessary for the good of the city.
* ImmediateSelfContradiction: When Antigone is caught trying to bury her brother, Creon asks if she was counting on her family connections to get her out of trouble, and tells her she'll have to face the consequences like anybody else, but when she makes it clear that she's prepared to face the consequences he immediately starts planning to get her out of trouble and hush the whole thing up.
* LoyalToThePosition: The Chorus describes the guards as this, saying that they'll arrest anybody Creon orders them to, and will be just as willing to arrest Creon himself if he gets overthrown and the new king orders them to.
* MustNotDieAVirgin: The night before she goes out to bury her brother, Antigone tries to get her fiancée to seduce her, because she's not going to live to marry him and wants them both to have a taste of what married life would have been like. It doesn't work out; he's just confused by her uncharacteristic behavior.
26th Aug '17 2:15:42 PM DustSnitch
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->'''Creon''': And thou didst indeed dare to transgress that law?\\
'''Antigone''': Yes; for it was not Zeus that had published me that edict [...] nor deemed I that thy decrees were of such force, that a mortal could override the unwritten and unfailing statutes of heaven.
26th Aug '17 2:08:59 PM DustSnitch
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* YouCantFightFate: Because Oedipus did... well... [[ParentalIncest what Oedipus did]], their entire family is cursed. Excluding Ismene, for some reason.
** [[FateWorseThanDeath Ismene has to live the rest of her life with the knowledge that she was too cowardly to join Antigone in burying Polynices, and that her entire family is dead]]. Notice how eager she was to share Antigone's death sentence, but Creon refuses to condemn her and Antigone rebuffs her.

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* YouCantFightFate: Because Oedipus did... well... [[ParentalIncest what Oedipus did]], their entire family is cursed. Excluding cursed, making it inevitable that Antigone will be condemned for burying her brother, leaving her sister, Ismene, for some reason.
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[[FateWorseThanDeath Ismene has to live the rest of her life with the knowledge that she was too cowardly to join Antigone in burying Polynices, and that her entire family is dead]]. Notice how eager she was to share Antigone's death sentence, but Creon refuses to condemn her and Antigone rebuffs her.
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* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters: At least one translation (discussed https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2015/feb/27/antigone-juliette-binoche-anne-carson-barbican here]]) has Creon labeling Antigone a "terrorist" for disobeying his law. Antigone is undaunted and continues to follow the law of Zeus over mortal decrees, effectively holding herself as a moral rebel rather than an ancestor to ISIS.
26th Aug '17 1:56:46 PM DustSnitch
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* TheAesop: Creon stands by poor reasoning and ends up wanting nothing but death, teaching Thebes and the audience that "of all curses which cleave to man, ill counsel is the sovereign curse."


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* GodIsGood: Antigone respects the law of the gods above all other laws, leading her to prefer death to submitting unjustly to the king. The king at first argues with Antigone, but the aftermath of her death convinces him that he was in the wrong, leaving it unambiguous that the gods determine what is just and not the kings of men.
26th Aug '17 1:43:55 PM DustSnitch
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* DeathSeeker: Antigone. She views an eternal afterlife serving the gods as more desirable than a temporary life serving man. Hence why, after being imprisoned, she hangs herself.

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* DeathSeeker: DeathSeeker:
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Antigone. She views an eternal afterlife serving the gods as more desirable than a temporary life serving man. Hence why, after being imprisoned, she hangs herself.
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