Why is Antigone
so insistent on burying the body of her brother Polyneices? Is she
aware of the punishments which Creon has promised for anyone attempting
such a burial? Are her actions heroic? In what way?
Is the choice
of burying Polyneices symbolic in some way? What does that choice
express? What seems to be most important to Antigone? What does
she give up in making her choices? What are her alternatives? Are
her possible choices related to a structured set of thematic oppositions
in the play?
Why does she
call her tomb a "bridal-bed"? Is she referring to Haemon?
If not then who is she marrying?
How would you
describe the character of Antigone? What evidence can we gather
in this respect from an examination of her dialogues with her sister
Ismene and with Creon? Does she have anything in common with her
father Oedipus? What?
choices have anything in common with the choices and situations
in Oedipus's life? Is Antigone's tragic fate the result of an inevitable
destiny or does she make choices which contribute to the fulfillment
of that fate?
Are there any
noticeable changes in the character of Creon in Antigone as compared
with his role in Oedipus the King? What is the significance of those
changes in connection with the events which lead up to his son's
and his wife's suicides?