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Antigone

Jean Anouilh

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Suggested Essay Topics

Suggested Essay Topics

Suggested Essay Topics

Suggested Essay Topics

Consider the contrast and rivalry Anouilh establishes between Antigone and Ismene. What are the terms of both? How do they relate to Antigone's fate?

Consider Anouilh's use of humor. You may want to isolate one or two scenes for discussion. Examples include the dictation of Antigone's letter and Creon's caricature of Oedipus.

What is the function of the Chorus in Anouilh's play? How, for example, does it relate to the players? To the spectacle as a whole? You may want to consider such devices as address, stage positions, lighting, entrances and exits, and so on.

Halfway through the play, the Chorus declares that tragedy has "nothing to do with melodrama." What does the Chorus mean? Consider the influence of and departure from melodrama in Antigone.

What is the significance of saying "no" in this play? Who says "no" and to what? Consider how saying "no" figures as both an act and as an object of discussion.

Consider the trope of death in Antigone. How does death figure in the play? You may want to discuss the relations between death and, for example, space, narrative, rhythm, gesture, the body, the mask, the act, etc.

Consider the role of physical violence in the play. Who assaults whom, both on- stage and in anecdote? What is the significance of pain? You may want to isolate one or two scenes for close analysis.

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