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While Antigone is tied to her family's tragic history and believe she is ill-fated, Sophocles illustrates how she uses her free will to make choices. Do you believe that making different choices would have led to a different outcome for Antigone or was she a victim of fate?
What role does the chorus play? How do they foreshadow events? How do they influence the outcome of the play?
Antigone defies her uncle by providing her brother with a ritual burial. As punishment, she is confined to a stone tomb where she dies. How is death and burial an important part of the story and what values do the characters place upon it?
A popular theme in the story of Oedipus is being blind to the corruption in one's own life. For example, Oedipus mocks Tiresias, the blind seer, who warns him of the corruption surrounding him. Oedipus soon becomes blind himself. How might this idea of being blind play out in Antigone as well?
How does fear lead some characters to inaction or submission? How might the story be different if these characters had taken action or made a stand?
In what ways might Creon be considered a strong leader? In what ways might he be considered a tyrant? Do you believe he is more concerned with protecting tradition and law or specific values and the good of the people?
Describe the role and treatment of women in Antigone's world. How does gender play a role in the characters' decisions and actions? How might it be different in today's society?
How does this conflict develop throughout the play? What is the outcome for the characters involved?
How is the idea of faith and moral principles important to the turn of events in this story? How does it guide the characters' actions? How does it create conflict?
Choose five topics. Compose a well-developed response in which you use your best writing (spelling and grammar) and make specific references to the play and characters. Then respond to ten different students' posts in a thoughtful manner with specific discussion points.