YMMV / Antigone

  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Antigone. Doomed Moral Victor who just wanted peace for her brother, or vain Death Seeker who cared more about the legend she'd become by rebelling and then becoming a martyr?
    • Alternatively, her disillusionment with life in the Anouilh play could be symptomatic of depression.
    • Creon. Stubborn Knight Templar who wanted the best for his city, or crazed tyrant who only cared for the security of his own power?
  • Misaimed Fandom: The Vichy government allowed the modern version of this play to be performed simply because they thought that Creon was a model leader. Hardly surprising.
  • Name's the Same:
    • No, Creon's wife is not the same Eurydice whom Orpheus loved and tried to rescue from the Underworld.
    • Nor is Creon the same man as the guy from Euripides' Medea—that guy was the king of Corinth, not Thebes.
  • Values Dissonance: Modern audiences cannot grasp Antigone's sense of honour and why the burial ritual is so important — more important than preserving life.
  • Vindicated by History: Bernard Knox, the American classicist, noted that during World War II, when the Nazis put Dead Guy on Display of partisans and resistants, and in the immediate aftermath, Antigone found new resonance and the Greek heroine was now seen as a woman who defies corrupt authority to honour her discredited family, claiming to follow the moral code rather than that of the state.